Bice Signs to Play Tennis at Ashland University

Lydia Bice ‘18 knew she wanted to play tennis in college from a young age.

“I was five years old, and knew I wanted to play.”

That dream came true on Friday, April 13 when Bice signed to play tennis at Ashland University.

“I really like the atmosphere there,” Bice said. “It’s not too small but it’s not really big either - it’s the perfect size.”

Bice was a member of the women’s team all four years at CJ and a member of the varsity team for three years. Head coach Jim Brooks said Bice was always up for whatever challenge she faced.

“It’s always exciting to see our players enjoy the game enough that they want to play at the next level,” Brooks shared. “She moved up the ladder each year to a different, higher, tougher position. Each year she handled that position so well. She handled being a player here at CJ as well as I could ask anyone to. Her spirit is definitely that of an Eagle.”

During her time at CJ, Bice was a leader on the court, earning post-season honors by being named to the All-GCL second team and All-Miami Valley second team as a doubles player in 2015, All-GCL second team and All-Area third team in 2016, and All-GCL first team and All-Area first team in 2017. She also made it to the second round of the district tournament twice as an Eagle.

Bice was also a leader off the court, as she was elected the overall student council president for the 2017-2018 school year.

“She has contributed very much to this school,” Brooks added. “She was called into service and she has served very well.”

“I’ll miss Mr. Brooks of course,” Bice reflected. “We have a great community and all the teachers try so hard to prepare us for our future.”

While at Ashland, whose mascot is also an Eagle, Bice will study journalism with a focus on sports reporting.

Posted April 18, 2018