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MHS tennis standout Raquel Egge signs with Concordia College

Ashton Gerard/MDN Minot High senior Raquel Egge signs her National Letter of Intent to play tennis at Concordia College Wednesday with Majettes head coach Scott DeLorme and assistant coaches Tom Scheeler and T. Mitchell Kvigne.

After Raquel Egge’s senior season comes to a close, she will still be repping maroon and gold at the college level. On Wednesday, Egge signed her National Letter of Intent to play tennis at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

“I’m super excited,” Egge said. “I love the sport, its a part of me and I just have fun doing it…I get to continue (my career) and it’s very exciting for me.”

Throughout her high school career, Egge has been one to watch. As a freshman, Egge entered the WDA Tournament unseeded and came out with a fifth-place finish and a ticket to the state tournament. Her sophomore year, Egge appeared in the championship game at the WDA individuals tournament for singles and went home the runner-up.

Last season, Egge played a key role in the Majettes’ 2018 WDA and state team titles. Individually, she finished third in the West Region and fifth overall in the state in singles. This year she’s hoping to appear in the top three in the region and state for singles.

“It’s great to see not only for our program, but especially Raquel. She’s been as good as it gets for us for the past five years,” Minot High head coach Scott DeLorme said. “She moved up to varsity as an eighth-grader and within the next week she’s probably going to become Minot’s all-time wins leader so she definitely has the skills and the resume to play at the next level. Concordia got a good one.”

The Concordia Cobbers aren’t completely foreign to Egge as she saw and played against some of them throughout her high school career. She’s also talked to some of the other recruits and has gotten to know them before she will be taking to the courts with them.

“I think it’s going to click well,” Egge said. “They seem like very nice people and I know the area pretty well and I know the courts so it should be OK.”

With the accomplishment, Egge is also setting an example of what hard work and dedication can do for the younger girls in Minot’s tennis program.

“I think it’s an eye-opener that there actually are opportunities out there,” DeLorme said. “North Dakota college tennis is few and far in-between, but colleges are looking this direction and they know there’s some decent players out West.”

With more of the season left to go, Egge can play the rest of her season knowing there’s more tennis to come.

“It’s definitely going to be tough saying goodbye to (the Majettes) but I think I’m ready for some change and it’s going to be good,” Egge said.

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