School of the Osage senior tennis standout Will Gross will continue his career on the court next year. On Monday, April 18, Gross signed a letter of intent to play tennis at William Jewell College.


School of the Osage senior tennis standout Will Gross will continue his career on the court next year. On Monday, April 18, Gross signed a letter of intent to play tennis at William Jewell College.

"It's really exciting," Gross said. "It feels great to make a commitment to there. They're moving to Division II next year, so it's a program on the rise."

Gross is currently undefeated in doubles and non-tournament singles this season. He's seeking his third career trip to the state tournament next month.

Gross said playing in college wasn't a realistic goal he had mind when he first got involved with tennis.

"I wasn't really that great at first then I started practicing a lot harder, training more, and played in tournaments," Gross said. "After a while, once I had started winning more and more matches, I realized that I probably could play somewhere in college."

Osage coach Scott Blacksher said William Jewell is getting a player who'll be committed to improving over four years.

"I'm proud and excited for Will," Blacksher said. "He's going to love playing tennis in college. He'll do the hard work needed to become a good player."

The Cardinals recently finished the regular season 14-8, their first winning campaign in over 10 years.

They're competing at the Heart of America Athletic Conference postseason tournament April 29-30 at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.

 “We are thrilled to add Will to our program," William Jewell coach Paul Worstell said. "Not only is he an outstanding tennis player but he is also an outstanding student and leader. Will is the type of person who I can see being a strong leader of our team in the future.  He has a great work ethic on and off the court and we cannot wait to get to work with him over the next four years.”

William Jewell is a private, four-year liberal arts college located about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City in Liberty.

Gross said he'll likely study business at William Jewell. He has a goal of one day owning his own Christian tennis academy.