SL's Fedewa to play tennis at Aquinas

Lakers' senior helped team place 5th at state meet this past fall
Nich Wolak
Feb 18, 2014

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.

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