W gives Davis chance to still play the sport

Oak Hill Academy’s Jacob Davis, seated left, celebrated his signing with Mississippi University for Women with family and friends on Friday. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, DTL)
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DANNY P. SMITH
Daily Times Leader

Jacob Davis has been watching tennis since he was a small child.

After playing for the Oak Hill Raiders the last four years, Davis didn’t want to stop playing the sport he had grown to love.

The Mississippi University for Women has given Davis that opportunity.

Davis gets to keep that skill in The Golden Triangle area by signing with the W and celebrated the occasion at Oak Hill Friday morning with coaches, administration, family and friends.

The circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic kept Davis from playing his senior season with the Raiders, but the Owls made it possible for him to keep a racket in his hands for future competition.

“My goal was to go play at another level and it’s just real close to home,” Davis said about going to the W. “I like the coach and like the opportunity I’ll have to play over there and continue my education. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and play tennis with new people.”

Davis had a 21-7 record at Oak Hill and won the state championship in mixed doubles during the 2019 season. He made three North State appearances.

Winning a state title for the Raiders was a “dream” come true for Davis.

“It was exciting to accomplish and something I’m glad I was able to do,” Davis said.

Oak Hill tennis coach Donna Tate knew Davis was disappointed not to be able to play his senior season.

She is proud that Davis has remained committed to the game and has found a place with the Owls.

“He’s really been a trooper,” Tate said. “I’m very excited that he can go on and play. That makes it all worthwhile.”

Even the recruiting process has been limited due to the virus. Davis has not even been able to take a visit to the W campus in Columbus yet.

He just had to trust the process and stayed in communication with the W.

“I was anxious to do it, but I had to stay patient and continue to talk with the coach,” Davis said. “(The virus) messed stuff up as far as the whole season, but I’m glad to keep playing.”

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