NEWTON — Newton senior Holly Vander Pol is athletic and an honor roll student. A career in nursing drew Vander Pol to Grand View University in Des Moines, which led to her signing to play tennis for the Vikings next year.
“Grand View has an awesome nursing program and I decided to look into their tennis program. They have great girls on the team now, and after meeting with the coaches, I know I can learn more about my game,” Vander Pol said.
Vander Pol plays both singles and doubles matches for Newton this season. She said it depends on the day “what the best part of my game is. I have fun serving in a match.”
Vander Pol had her best season on the tennis courts for the Cardinals a year ago. She and fellow NHS senior Jennifer Ventling were state qualifiers as a doubles team. Vander Pol helped the Cardinals win the Little Hawkeye Conference championship last year.
Vander Pol began her NHS tennis career as a freshman. She is a three-year letterwinner on the tennis team.
“I’ve really had fun playing tennis for Newton. Jenn and I went to state last year. We did so well at regionals (second place),” Vander Pol said. “I’ve really appreciate what Coach (Erick) Zehr has taught me here in Newton. He has helped me develop my tennis game.”
Vander Pol received her team’s Dedication and Cardinal Leadership Awards. Vander Pol has been on the NHS honor roll all four years and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Vander Poll, who is the daughter of Tim and Brenda Vander Pol, said the nursing program at Grand View presents her with good opportunities in that career tract.