When Emmy Virkus was younger, she dreamed of being a Michigan State Spartan. When she became older, she dreamed of playing tennis in college.
On Thursday, the Haslett senior officially signed to do both.
“I’m so excited to be a Spartan because I’ve always wanted to be one since I was a little girl,” Virkus said. “To play at the collegiate level makes it even better.”
Virkus went 18-5 at No. 1 singles last spring as a junior for the Vikings. She won the CAAC Red, a Division 3 regional championship and was named to the State Journal’s Dream Team.
While Virkus had the game to earn a spot on the team, she believes that living close to campus helped get the school’s attention.
When she first introduced herself to the coaches at the school they had remembered her from reading her results in the newspaper.
“I think it helped a lot that I was a local student and athlete around East Lansing,” Virkus said. “That’s how they heard about me.”
Virkus visited the Michigan State campus in mid-October and was officially made an offer the day after.
“I made the decision the second I found out about the offer,” Virkus said. “It was my top choice.”
Virkus isn’t the first athlete in her family to be a Spartan. Her father, Brad Virkus, played golf for Michigan State, and she’s had grandparents and an aunt attend the school as well.
In Virkus, the Spartans will be gaining a player who was the third seed in the Division 3 state tournament last spring. With still one more season before she joins the Spartans, she is looking to make herself as ready for college as possible.
“I want to leave my mark in a very positive way,” Virkus said, “I’d like to make a really good run in states because I haven’t done that yet.”