Southwest’s Pfuhl signs with Queens
Growing up in a family of tennis players, Jacklyn Pfuhl has always enjoyed the game herself. But, like many of her peers, she also enjoyed other activities. But between her junior and senior years, her game really clicked.
Now, following a stellar senior season in which all of her previous work finally paid off, Pfuhl, a four-year standout at Southwest Guilford, will have the opportunity to continue playing at the next level, signing with NCAA Division II Queens University of Charlotte.
“It’s really cool, because I know that not a lot of people get this opportunity to play at that level,” says Pfuhl, the daughter of Lisa and Fred of Colfax. “It’s kind of an accomplishment of my own, to say I was able to get good enough to play on a team and play at that level.”
As a freshman, Pfuhl, who began playing at 4 years old, came in and right away played No. 2 singles. Cowgirls coach Keith Murphy had the confidence in her, even at such a young age, to take on the challenge. It wasn’t easy for her, but she handled it well and continued to build on the experience.
“With all the new girls, Jacklyn’s been the mainstay,” Murphy says. “She’s been the team leader on the court. She took the bruises so that other team members could actually win at other seeds. She’s been a blessing. Without her, it wouldn’t have ended well.
“She’s willing. Not so much to listen on that one day, but to listen eventually. … She was willing to take it, adopt it and get better. And somewhere between that junior and senior year, all the pieces came together and she had this complete game coming through.”
After moving up to No. 1 as a sophomore and playing very well as a junior, Pfuhl, who at the time was also a dancer, decided to dedicate herself fully to tennis. In the summer before her senior season, she focused hard on playing her best and preparing herself to play in college.
“That summer, I just started practicing more and more and more. I just decided that’s what I wanted to do,” says Pfuhl, a four-time all-conference selection and three-time regional qualifier in doubles. “I just figured: Why not just try? I’ve always played tennis, and it’d be weird not playing.”
The fact that her father, who is a teaching professional at High Point Country Club, played tennis at Appalachian State and her brother was a walk-on at Queens until recently also helped push her toward her goal.
After narrowing her choices to Queens and Methodist, Pfuhl chose Queens because of its proximity to her extended family, as well as the campus feel and academics and the right fit with her athletically to continue her tennis career.
“My dad played college tennis, so he’s always like: It’s going to take a lot of work,” says Pfuhl, who, for now, wants to study communications. “He knows what it’s like and I really wanted that.”