Terwiske signs with Midway University tennis

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Northeast Dubois senior Chloe Terwiske signed her letter of intent to play tennis as Midway University (Ky.) on Tuesday.


DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois senior Chloe Terwiske has been around the tennis court for as long as she can remember, and she chose to extend her racquet time when she signed her letter of intent to play collegiate tennis at Midway University (Ky.) on Tuesday.

“It feels pretty good to know that I’m not undecided anymore,” she said. “I’m pretty confident in my decision going there. I feel like it’s going to be a good fit for me.”

Terwiske has played in the No. 1 singles spot her entire high school career and has accrued a 54-3 individual record, which includes three consecutive undefeated regular seasons. She also helped the Jeeps win their first sectional title since 2013 in her junior season. Terwiske originally thought about going to a larger urban area for school, but the town of Midway reminded her of the comforts of home and drew her in.

“Midway seemed like home to me,” she said. “I’ve only ever known a small community, and I loved that everyone was always supporting you. When I got to Midway I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s like a bigger Dubois.’ I had always told myself that I wanted a bigger city to live in, but Lexington is five minutes (away), so it’s kind of the best of both worlds.”

Tina Terwiske, Chloe’s mother and coach, is glad Chloe not only made the decision, but chose to follow a sport that she had been raised around her whole life. She wanted the choice to be Chloe’s, and tried not to sway her one way or another while she was deciding her future. She looks forward to watching Chloe play on at the next level, but doesn’t want to turn into a helicopter parent.

“It’s been a long year watching her make this decision and struggle back and forth,” said Tina. “For a long time, she debated whether she wanted to pursue volleyball or tennis. About two years ago, she made the commitment that tennis is the way she was going. Being that mom (and) coach, I didn’t want to push (her) into it. I don’t want to force myself on her, but I’ll watch as much as I can.”

It’s been a long journey for Chloe, who started competing in summer tourneys at the age of 10. She always looked to cut out extra practice time from her schedule and has travelled far and wide to get the best instruction possible.

“A large portion of my life has been dedicated to playing this sport,” she said. “After I quit basketball my sophomore year, I started spending more time on tennis. I’d drive up to Bloomington two or three times a week. And then staying after practice with my sister, mom or even the ball machine by myself working on perfecting my game.”

Now with her college plans secure, Chloe is looking forward to her final year of high school tennis and adding another sectional title to her list of accomplishments. Along the way, she’ll keep sharpening her forehand and other tools to be the best singles player she can be.

“We’re going for that sectional again,” she said. “Back-to-back would be pretty cool to do. Now I know tennis doesn’t stop for me after high school, I’m just excited to keep getting better. It’s not like I’m going to let up on working hard and putting in the extra time perfecting my game.”

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