Bahamian Abigail Simms signs with Indiana Tech
Yet another Bahamian will have an opportunity to receive a college education through sports.
Grand Bahamian Abigail Simms has signed on to play collegiate tennis with the Indiana Tech Warriors. She is expected to begin her collegiate journey with the Warriors women’s tennis team in the fall of 2019. The Warriors play in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
As for Simms, she has been one of the more talented junior female tennis players in The Bahamas for quite some time. Last November, she made it through to the main draw of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) ITF Goombay Splash Bowl along with her sister Gabrielle. The International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Grade 5 Tournament was held at the BLTA’s National Tennis Center.
Simms went on to defeat American Peyton Lynn Anderson in three sets in the first round, 6-7(8), 6-3 and 6-4, but lost to the tournament’s number two seed Nicole Kiefer, of the United States, in the round of 16, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-1. Kiefer advanced to the semifinals before losing to fellow American Leyden Games in straight sets. Abigail’s sister Gabrielle Simms fell in the opening round. The tournament was eventually won by Bahamian Sydney Clarke, the number one overall seed.
In doubles, the Simms sisters lost to the team of Rola Abquzeina, of Egypt, and Mexican Andrea Guerrero in their opening round match in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-2.
Abigail is following in the footsteps of older sister Hannah who has already started her collegiate journey on an athletic scholarship, and younger sister Gabrielle who represented The Bahamas in Junior Fed Cup this year is hoping to emulate both of them.
The BLTA sent out a congratulatory notice to Abigail Simms on making this step in her tennis journey.
“We know that Abigail will do well and make a valuable contribution to her new team and we wish her the best in her tennis collegiate journey,” read a BLTA statement.
Abigail Simms, 17, has a career ITF Juniors win-loss record of 2-5 in singles and 1-4 in doubles.