Taking her game to Montana

Rocklin tennis star Heather Davidson receives full-ride scholarship
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High senior Heather Davidson will play tennis on a full-ride scholarship at the University of Montana. She has been the top ranked player on the girls side for the Thunder since her freshman year. Steve Ascher, the coach of Division I Montana, started recruiting Davidson last fall. “I liked everything I saw about Heather,” Ascher said. “She has a great personality, excellent academics and I expect her to make an immediate impact on our program.” Davidson, who trains in Sacramento at the FITT Tennis School and at Sports Specific Training (SST) in Rocklin, went on her recruiting trip to Montana in February. “I was looking at other schools, but they were not exactly offering money,” Davidson said. “I was thinking of Santa Clara but I probably would have walked on and then hopefully gotten money in the next couple years.” She leaves in August for Montana, a Division I school. “I’m really excited,” Davidson said. “I know it’s definitely a big change because I’m going to Montana. And it’s cold all the time . . . I like (Ascher’s) style. I know he will help me develop as a player. “(Montana found out about Davidson) either through or I made a video of myself and put it on the Internet. I sent it out to some schools.” She is living in Rocklin in the summer and playing lots of tennis. Davidson enters various individual tournaments. Dale Eckenburg enjoyed coaching Davidson at Rocklin. “Heather is a dynamic young lady who balances school, tennis and family,” Eckenburg said. “Her work ethic is unmatched, which has allowed her to reach her goals as a great tennis player. Heather simply was a pleasure to coach and as a program we wish her the very best at the next level.” Rocklin High athletic director David Bills said, “Heather’s talent and dedication to her sport has placed her among the top one percent of athletes who earn college scholarships in the U.S.” Davidson won individual Sierra Foothill League titles as a sophomore and a junior at Rocklin but it is a team title that is her fondest memory. “My freshman year, when we won the league. I remember playing and then watching the last match and that was a lot of fun,” Davidson said. “And just being with the girls is always fun.”