FORT MILL — Recent Fort Mill High graduate Morgan Chumney will be heading to America’s heartland to play college tennis.
Chumney, who was named a High School All-American for 2013, will play tennis at the University of Oklahoma, picking the Sooners over the University of Alabama, the University of Missouri and Penn State University.
Chumney, 18, said she thought she would be joining her sister, Ashlee, 19, at the University of Alabama. That was until she went to officially visit Oklahoma and things changed.
“It was the last of my official visits,” she said. “I always thought I would end up at Alabama, but when I went out there [to Oklahoma], I had a great feeling that is where I belonged.”
The daughter of Teresa and Stu Chumney, Morgan has been playing tennis since she was 4 years old and started competing when she was 8.
“I like the competitive nature of it,” she said. “It’s something you kind of have to work on your own.”
She played high school tennis at Fort Mill her freshman year, but quit playing at that level because the travel tournaments she participated in clogged her calendar and doing both became too difficult.
She has been coached by Winthrop University’s women’s tennis coach Cid Carvalho for a decade.
“He has been a major part in me playing and getting my game ready,” Chumney said.
Chumney said she will be playing in one of the six Sooners single spots or one of the three doubles spots for the team. Oklahoma will have four seniors on the team’s upcoming season, so Chumney is expecting to compete on a strong squad.
Despite the distance from home, she said she is looking forward to college.
“There are always some nerves, but I feel comfortable with my decision,” she said. “I think it will be a pretty smooth adjustment.”
Chumney plans on majoring in business marketing.