Spring Lake's Ryan Fedewa will continue his tennis career this fall at Aquinas College.
"I've always wanted to play in college," said Fedewa. "To be able to do something I enjoy doing for four more years (is great). You' know you're going to be able to meet a lot of cool people doing something like that."
Fedewa said he has already met some in the recruiting process, and that was a big part of the reason why he chose Aquinas over Grand Valley State.
"Their coach (Jerry Hendrick) was a really cool guy, with a cool background story," Fedewa said. "I just connected really well with him and the people on the team. They're cool guys. We have a lot of the same interests too.
"It's more like a high school team. The team is really close to each other like high school and that's another reason I decided to pick them."
Fedewa said playing close to home was another factor, and his dad Bruce actually works in Grand Rapids.
As a senior, Fedewa led Spring Lake to a fifth-place finish at this past season's state meet, reaching the quarterfinals at No. 1 singles.
Fedewa, who held the No. 1 singles spot in all four of his seasons for the Lakers, said playing at the next level will be an adjustment.
"It's going to be a culture shock really," Fedewa said. "Being the best for four years on a team when we're playing teams like Fruitport for example, then going against the top-notch national level schools we'll be playing. I'll have to work a lot harder."
Fedewa said that with some of the departures he thinks he'll have a good shot of making the middle of the Saints’ lineup, and might even play doubles for the first time.