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Dugan signs Bethel tennis scholarship

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Victoria Dugan is all smiles as she signs her letter of intent. Joining her as she signs are her parents (seated) Jack and Edmee Dearing, (standing, from left) Shelbyville assistant coach Chris King, Bethel coach Rafael Delgado and SCHS athletic director Whit Taylor.
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Finishing up high school can be a bit of a daunting task--especially if you're going on to college. There's graduation, admissions, SAT scores, buying up dorm room supplies, and the list goes on and on.

Throw in signing a letter of intent to play a collegiate sport, and it can be a bit overwhelming.

But Shelbyville Central graduate Victoria Dugan did just that.

She recently signed her letter of intent to play tennis at Bethel University.

'Perfect fit'

But when it came to deciding on Bethel, it didn't take Dugan much convincing at all.

In fact, after visiting the campus and meeting with Bethel coach Rafael Delgado, she says it was just about a perfect fit.

"I really liked tennis and I liked the coach. I liked the campus and thought it would be a good program to go into," she said.

Dugan first met Delgado last year at a tennis tournament where he was impressed with Dugan's work on the court.

"I saw her play at this tournament and I thought she had the talent to play at the next level. I think she can work hard and get better; She'll help our program," he said.

Dugan has been the glue that's held the Eaglette team together for the past four years, proving to be quite the adversary in both singles and doubles.
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Team leader

During her time in Shelbyville, Dugan has been the anchor for the Eaglette tennis team, with both on and off the court leadership.

"She has been one of the hardest workers in Shelbyville tennis in the past four years. She's got heart and self-motivation. She's been a pleasure to have in the girls' program," said assistant Shelbyville coach Chris King.

Though she won't report to Bethel until this fall, Dugan will spend the summer months playing tennis in town, preparing to jump aboard the Lady Wildcat program.

While Bethel's tennis season isn't until the spring, Delgado has his teams participating in several fall tournaments to help prepare for the spring competitions.

"She'll be playing this summer to get her ready for the fall. The season is in the spring, but we have tournaments in the fall and we start working out as soon as we get to school," he said.

Looking back and ahead

And while she has her sights set on the future and beginning her collegiate career, Dugan reflected on a few of her favorite memories while playing for the Eaglettes.

"My freshman year we were playing doubles with Kasondra Johnson and we won our district for our team. Then my sophomore year we won first place in district in individual," she said.

Though she's just a rising freshman, she already has her sights set on what she wants do study.

"I want to major in psychology and then hopefully get my masters in clinical psychology," she said.

As far as being a fit for the team once arriving at Bethel, Delgado feels that Dugan could be a major impact for the program.

"I think she'll be a good asset to our team," he said.

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