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Maggie Moody Signs With Piedmont College to Play Tennis

MACON, Ga. – For the first time since 1985, the FPD varsity girls tennis program is sending someone to the collegiate level.

That would be senior Maggie Moody, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play tennis at Piedmont College on Thursday morning, May 4, inside FPD’s Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

Moody is third athlete from the Class of 2017 to sign a collegiate deal. (Wesley Hanson signed with Valdosta State to play golf and Allie Parkerson with West Georgia to play softball.)

“I’m just really excited,” Moody said. “It’s been a long journey and I’m ready to make it official and trust that God has put me in the right direction.”

Moody’s tennis stock continued to rise the more she played beginning in her middle school years.

She has been ranked in the Top-100 in the State USTA rankings from time to time. As a Lady Viking, Moody has lettered four years, has amassed 60 wins and guided the team to an 18-5 record in 2015, the best in program history.

Moody has also been named to the GHSA Class-A Area-1 Private All-Area Team in doubles play.

“We’re so proud of Maggie and her commitment to our tennis program,” FPD head tennis coach Derek Lashley said. “Her dedication on the court and in the classroom has turned her dream into a reality.”

Moody says she chose Piedmont College because of the balance between academics and athletics.

“The teachers work well with the coaches and student-athletes,” Moody said. “When I visited, I bonded with the team very quickly. The coaches understand what needs to be done the right way.”

Moody wants to make a positive impact upon arriving at Piedmont.

“I would like to start in the upper-half of the lineup,” Moody said. “There’s always room for improvement and I look forward to the challenge.”

Piedemont College, located in Demorest, Ga., is a member of NCAA Division III. The Lions finished the 2017 season at 7-10 and compete in the USA South Conference.

Jamie Myers was the last Lady Viking to play collegiate tennis, signing in 1985 with Georgia Tech.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

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