Bryan senior Abby Snider said she’s always had the idea in the back of her head that it would be cool to play tennis at the collegiate level, but she wasn’t sure if it was a real possibility.
However, when the Trine University tennis program reached out to her to set up a visit with the coaches, as well as Trista Savage — a 2017 Bryan graduate who just finished her junior year with the team — Snider was intrigued at the opportunity. And it wasn’t long after her visit that she made her commitment to the NCAA Division III school in Angola, Indiana.
“They kind of explained everything and what would happen with the tennis team, and it just seemed like it’s such a positive sport,” Snider said. “And I absolutely loved playing in high school. It was so fun and so positive. I loved the campus ... and I just think it will be nice to play tennis in college for them.”
As a three-year member of the Bryan tennis program, Snider first took up the sport when she went out for the team during her sophomore year. She eventually worked her way up to be a regular contributor to the varsity lineup, and as a senior, she anchored the doubles positions for the Golden Bears.
Bryan tennis coach Mitchell Owens said in the two years he was able to coach Snider, he always appreciated the positive attitude she brought to practice, in addition to her willingness to help the team in whatever way possible.
“I’m really excited that she’s going on and playing at the next level, and I’m excited that she’s going to have another Bryan alum who she’ll be playing with at Trine in Trista Savage,” Owens said. “I think that’s just a really good situation for Abby all around.
“The advice I give to all the kids I’ve had go on is, just be aware that it is another level. ... Even at the Division III level, you still have very motivated, very good players and the quality of tennis is very high. ... It’s going to get harder, but the best thing to do walking into a college situation is to really look for your place on the team and where you can help out.”
Snider, who plans on studying elementary and special education, said her biggest goal as she heads to the next level is to focus on her own personal improvement.
“I really don’t want to set my goals too high, because I honestly don’t know what the difference is going to be between high school and college,” Snider said. “But I definitely want to strive to be the best that I can be ... and just improve from there.”