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PREP TENNIS: Anderson signs with Creighton

Joey Anderson knew all along where he wanted to play college tennis.

So, when Creighton coach Tom Lilly offered him a spot on the Bluejays roster, he jumped at it.

Anderson, a one-time North Dakota state singles champion and a two-time doubles champion for Grand Forks Red River, has signed a letter of intent to play college tennis for Division I Creighton.

“The just transferred into the Big East,” Anderson said. “It’s a really competitive conference. It looks like a fun league.”

Anderson said another major factor was that Creighton has a good dentistry school, the program he intends to enroll in.

There is a level of familiarity with the program, too. Anderson’s sister, former North Dakota state champion Samantha, is a sophomore playing for the Creighton women’s program.

“She really likes it,” Joey said. “It is a big commitment. It does take up to like six hours a day. But it’s worth it in the end.”

Anderson said he also looked at Boston University and the University of Oregon.

In the meantime, he plans to start preparing for college tennis.

“I plan on playing USTA tournaments this summer,” he said. “I’ve been working in the gym a lot, trying to get stronger and faster. I’m starting to play more tennis to improve my game.”

Anderson will be Red River’s first Division I player since Joseph Lee, who played one year at UND.

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Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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