Friends, faculty and family gathered on the tennis courts at Lausanne in December as Kai Wince ’22 announced she was headed to Southern University to play tennis.
“Southern is the entire package. I plan on majoring in speech pathology, and Southern offers an amazing program,” Wince said. “I connected with the team and the coaches, and I know they will have my best interest at heart. Southern embraced me as a student and player and I’m excited and grateful to be able to join their family.”
A part of the team that qualified for state last year, Wince also advanced to the finals of state last year and sees this year as an opportunity to achieve the goal of a state title.
“I’ve signed, but I know the job is not done. We’re going to have a challenging season ahead of us here at Lausanne and we’re ready for it,” Wince said. “I know the team is ready to work hard and I know that I won’t rest until we’re hanging up State Champion banners.”
Head coach Joel Bailey said Kai’s is a special part of the team and her leadership instrumental in the team’s success.
“Kai is an important piece of this tennis team,” Bailey said. “Her leadership on and off the court has been a part of helping us achieve the success we have during her time here.”
Kai said she chose Southern because of their focus on academics as well as their athletics, something she learned the importance of at Lausanne.
“With my mother being an educator, I’ve always known the importance of academics,” Wince said. “I strongly believe that to be a successful athlete, you must balance your studies with your athletic training. I am a member of the National Honor Society and I am also the spirit representative for SGA. I maintain these positions while also being a three-star recruit, which has allowed me to be the well-rounded person I am today.”
Before she heads off to Louisiana for school, Coach Bailey said he is ready to get her senior tennis season underway as there are things the Lynx tennis team still wants to accomplish.
“As we approach the upcoming spring season, the team is looking forward to an opportunity to be the best,” Bailey said. “I am excited about what this team can do.”