TENNIS: Sheehan’s top player settles on college destination

TENNIS: Sheehan’s top player settles on college destination



Hoover also considered Springfield College, Wheaton College, SUNY-New Paltz and Connecticut College.

“I met the Endicott coach in my junior year at a recruiting showcase and I went for a visit at the school. It was a perfect fit” Hoover said.

Hoover will study elementary education at Endicott.

On the tennis court, Hoover expects to compete in both both singles and doubles in college. At Sheehan, she has been the school’s No. 1 seed since walking in the door. Her career record at Sheehan is 58-12.

“She’s been a tremendous asset to the team, “Sheehan tennis coach Doug Sime said. “As a freshman, she helped lead us to the Class M state semifinals. She had a huge win over Joel Barlow that year in the quarters. As the No. 1 seed, she had a big part in that team’s success.

“As a sophomore, she led us back to the state tournament as a team. Individually, she reached the round of 16 at Yale and made All-State,” the coach added.

Sime said in Hoover, in her junior year, helped develop a young team as a mentor to the younger athletes. Hoover will serve as captain this spring.

Hoover is on the court all year. She plays on the United States Tennis Association circuit. In New England, she’s ranked No. 37 in singles and No. 18 for doubles for her age group. In the state, she’s ranked No. 7 in singles.

Hoover trains at the The Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill with Wesleyan tennis assistant Steve Rogers.

Hoover started playing tennis at age 4 and started playing tournaments at 10 and has won many titles in her career.

She said her strength on the court is her consistency.

“I like using my speed on the court,” Hoover said. “My net game, backhand and my serve are also my strengths. I just like to be consistent. If you keep the ball in play, it’s anybody’s game.”

Sime said he expects a big year from Hoover this spring.

“She’s done a lot at Sheehan,” Sime said. “She’s helped put Sheehan on the map as far as tennis as early as her freshman year.”

Hoover was selected as the Record-Journal Tennis Player of the Year after her sophomore and junior campaigns.

She will be joining another area talent at Endicott, Southington’s Alex Barmore is a junior at the school.


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