TENNIS: Klock headed to UNOH

Wapakoneta Redskins senior Makenzie Klock is going to be a Racer netter.

Klock on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent to play tennis for the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers next year.

“It was a good fit for me because it was close to home,” Klock said. “I got a good opportunity.”

As her father and as Wapak varsity girls tennis coach, Mike Klock felt a double dose of pride.

“She’s put a lot of hours on the tennis court. I’m just tickled that she’s taking it to the college level,” he said.

“It was really nice,” Makenzie Klock said. “We worked really well together. I think that it helped me become a better player. I didn’t feel so much pressure that I was turned away from it. It was really good.”

Makenzie Klock said she’s glad to have the decision behind her.

“It’s good. I don’t have to worry about anything else,” she said. “I feel really secure with my decision.”

She plans to major in business.

Mike Klock knows UNOH head coach Terry Hilborn from the latter’s involvement with the Elida Bulldogs girls tennis program over the years.

“I’m really impressed with the facilities and the sports complex they have up there,” he said.

Mike Klock said he plans to continue coaching at Wapak.

“Most of [UNOH’s] matches, Coach Hilborn said, are on the weekend,” Mike Klock said. “So it will give my wife and I a chance to see Makenzie play.”

He said he will leave his coach hat at home when he attends Makenzie’s matches.

“That’s Coach Hilborn’s job now,” he said.