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Raider duo signs letters of intent
by Nathan Shoup
Nov 13, 2013 | 1629 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jackie Sertic and Gabby Williams sit before approximately 75 friends, family members and media while signing their letters of intent in the Reed gym Wednesday afternoon.
Jackie Sertic and Gabby Williams sit before approximately 75 friends, family members and media while signing their letters of intent in the Reed gym Wednesday afternoon.
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A pair of Reed phenoms signed letters of intent Wednesday afternoon to take their talents to the NCAA Div. I ranks.

Approximately 75 people gathered in the Reed gym for the occasion.

Gabby Williams, will become a member of one of the most dominant women's basketball programs in the country at the University of Connecticut (UCONN).

The Huskies are ranked No. 1 in the country coming off last year's national title.

"I feel really blessed and thankful," Williams said.

The Reed hardwood standout certainly had options outside UCONN including Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona State, Stanford and Maryland. She made her decision after visiting the campus in Storrs, Conn. The program's tradition didn't hurt either.

"Geno (Aureimma) is a hall of famer. They have an awesome coaching staff," Williams said. "When you watch them play together they are so physical and such a disciplined team. I know they are going to make me better on and off the court."

Williams is coming off a torn ACL and UCONN stuck with her throughout the process. She said that contributed to her decision to become a Husky.

She has been cleared for a month and said she expects to be on the court when the Raiders start practicing in the coming weeks.

•Jackie Sertic signed her Div. I letter of intent to play softball at North Dakota State University.

"It almost feels like Christmas morning," Sertic said after signing.

Like her classmate Williams, Sertic said she made her decision after visiting the school. After hearing stories from Bison softball players about the business feel of other programs, she cherished the "family atmosphere" in Fargo.

Sertic, a pitcher, said her dad was less than excited about his daughter moving to North Dakota but warmed up to the idea after visiting.

Sertic will undoubtedly have plenty warming up to do herself in North Dakota but was giddy nonetheless about playing collegiate softball.
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