Hayley Hatfield continued the long line of former Logan High School tennis athletes signing on to play at the collegiate level.
Hatfield recently signed a national letter of intent to play at Fairmont State University.
Hatfield, a member of the LHS tennis team for four years, started playing the sport at the age of 10 while going to summer tennis camps held in Logan.
At Fairmont State, She’ll be joining her brother Zach Hatfield, who plays for the FSU men’s tennis team.
Hatfield has had a successful prep career at Logan as she has qualified for the Class AAA West Virginia State Tennis Tournament every year. She said she plans on majoring business.
“I couldn’t have done this without my parents and coaches pushing me to play,” Hatfield said. “My high school tennis career has been a memorable four years. I have learned many lessons on and off the court. I wouldn’t trade my coaches for anything. I chose Fairmont because they have an excellent business program. Even though Fairmont is far from home, I will have my brother up there for any support. I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Logan coach Justin Turner said he’s happy to see Hatfield be able to further her education.
“Hayley is another product of summer tennis camps, playing year round, and wanting to be the best.” Turner said. “This makes seven players in the last seven years we have been here that have went on to play at the collegiate level at Fairmont State, West Virginia State, the University of Charleston, and Davis and Elkins. We are proud of all our student athletes in our area especially those that go on to further their education and can continue to play the game they love at a higher level.”
Turner said Hatfield has been a very solid player for the Lady Wildcats.
“Hayley has been a great asset to our team,” Turner said. “She gets emotional at times because she wants to win so bad and people like that are hard to find. I have coached her and her brother Zach both are great kids and their parents are top notch. They will be missed but go on to greater things. It’s bittersweet to watch them from middle school, high school and then they leave. The goal is to make each player respectable young men and women when they leave and go off to college or work they know they represent Logan and that’s what its all about. Great thanks to several people in our area who from the past who started tennis to the present who continue to volunteer, help, and support.”
New Logan assistant tennis coach Michelle Akers also wished Hatfield the best.
“Hayley has been a great contributor to this team and fights to win,” Aker said. “There’s nothing better than a competitor. We wish her nothing but great success at Fairmont State not only for her tennis career but on furthering her education.”