Tennis Standout Enthralled With Fledgling Navy Program

Navy's Amanda Griffin

April 12, 2011

By David Broughton

Amanda Griffin could have stayed at Fresno State, where as a freshman she contributed to one of the top women's college tennis teams in the country.

Or she could have remained at Western Illinois, where she played No. 1 singles and was a two-time All-Summit League selection.

But all Griffin wanted desperately to do was to attend the Naval Academy, even if it meant giving up tennis.

Griffin first visited Annapolis during the summer of 2007, following her freshman year at Fresno State. She came to the academy to coach at a tennis camp, and instantly fell in love with the whole idea of being a Navy midshipmen.

"I kind of stumbled upon the academy and just fell in love with the place,'' Griffin said. "I knew right away I didn't want to go back to Fresno.''

Even though there was no Navy women's tennis program at the time, Griffin didn't care.

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