St. Charles North tennis standout Annemijn Koenen will play her college tennis at Arkansas, Koenen told the Chronicle on Tuesday.
“I had never thought of Arkansas because it’s kind of a random place,” Koenen said. “I had never lived there; I think I played in a tournament there once. ... But they called me, and I decided to look more into the school, and I loved it, and the campus is absolutely beautiful.”
Koenen has enjoyed success in the IHSA State Tournament as both a singles and doubles player for North, finishing sixth in the state in doubles as a senior with her younger sister, Liselot. North coach Tim Matacio called Koenen “a performer” who “enjoys the big moment,” saying Koenen won’t shy from the challenges of high-level, Division I tennis.
“Annemijn is an extremly gifted player,” Matacio said. “She’s probably one of the most gifted players I’ve ever had a chance to work with, so in terms of her tennis skills, technique, drive, intelligence, everything that it takes to be a great tennis player, she’s very gifted.”
For more on Koenen's college pick, check out Wedneday's Chronicle.