Lauren Hickey
Herald Photo/Jenn Goad
Lauren Hickey Herald Photo/Jenn Goad

Eastern tennis standout Lauren Hickey made her commitment to DePauw University in Indianapolis just before Christmas. 

Hickey has been a cornerstone of the Eastern tennis program throughout her high school career, so it is no surprise that she sought a collegiate program with high standards.

“I like that they put academics first, but it’s also a high-quality tennis team,” she said. “They stress to their players that academics are important, but we also want to be a successful tennis team. They’re ranked 30th nationally in (NCAA) Division III. I was looking for high academics and high tennis. I wanted both, so (DePauw) was perfect for me.”

After speaking with Coach Scott Riggle, Hickey may be filling in roles in both singles and doubles for the Tigers, and she’ll be filling those roles early in her college career.

As for her time at Eastern, Hickey could only describe the experience as amazing.

“I’ve loved it,” she said. “I’ve loved being a role model for the other girls on the team to show them what hard work really does and how it pays off because sometimes I would have to choose tennis over social events. It shows how it pays off and how hard work, and putting in the time and effort can really bring success.”

Comet Tennis Coach Pat Rice echoed her drive to improve her game by saying he believes her desire to be a force on the court really sunk in during middle school when she made the decision to play college tennis.

“Her work ethic is second to none, as she puts an incredible amount of time into her game and trying to improve. She is easily one of the hardest workers I have coached,” said Rice. “I am excited for Lauren’s senior season to get underway.  I would say I am looking for even more growth on her three previous seasons. She has such great strokes, just looking for her this year to mix her game up a little more when needed in certain matches and staying in control of things she can control.  In saying that, we are expecting big things from Lauren in her final season at Eastern.”

Hickey thanked her parents, Jill and Michael Hickey, and coaches Rice, P.A. Nilhagen, and Brandon Shawhan, for their support.