GOODMAN --- The Holmes Community College men's tennis team had two players sign national letters of intent with the Mississippi University for Women here this week. Christopher Stuckey of Mathiston and Marcus Montfort of Graham, Texas, will continue their playing careers at the four-year university.
Stuckey attended East Webster while Montfort attended Graham High School.
"I think we'll both enjoy it a lot," Stuckey said of MUW. "I was kind of worried to leave Holmes and not knowing what I was going to do, but I'll be playing tennis so I'll be good."
He said he noticed MUW's fitness center and drew his attention. "I love the fitness center," Stuckey said. "It has a pool, and I love swimming. All the opportunities that students have to exercise and do stuff is really nice. That's going to be fun. The campus looks really nice, and the facilities are kept up really nice."
Stuckey said he enjoyed his time at Holmes especially doing outdoor activities. "I've enjoyed the freedom mostly," Stuckey said. "I love it here. I love the outdoors so playing disc golf, the pond, volleyball at night… I just love it."
He said his game has improved since leaving East Webster. "I've literally improved in everything," he said. "I was not good in high school. Playing college level has really improved my game. Most people who go to college will have better technique, and better technique will win the game."
Stuckey will major in pre-nursing at MUW.
Montfort said he liked MUW's campus as well. "I was expecting it to be bigger," Montfort said. "It wasn't too big, but it wasn't small either. There's stuff around there. The fitness center is really nice. They have lots of opportunities to do stuff."
He too enjoyed his one year at Holmes. "I enjoyed how easy it was to meet people and make friends," he said. "There's not a whole lot to do around campus so you have to make your fun so it was fun."
His game has improved as well since being at Holmes. "I definitely have gotten more consistent since I came here," Montfort said. "I like hitting the ball hard, and I've gotten better in hitting the ball in more often. The competition is so much better. You have to know where you are hitting the ball and be more consistent. I have pretty good serves and good forehand. I'm more of a doubles player. Serving is my biggest strength."
Montfort will major in accounting at MUW.