Molaoa heads to NCAA D-I Southern

Cowley College sophomore Takalani Molaoa is surrounded by teammates and friends after signing a National Letter of Intent to play tennis at NCAA Division I Southrn University. Seated with Takalani is, from left, Cowley head coach Manuel Raga and assistant coach Brent Hilliard.

Cowley College sophomore Takalani Molaoa recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her tennis career at NCAA Division I Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

Molaoa has had a stellar two years at Cowley. She qualified as a freshman to the Small College Nationals and finished seventh in the nation in doubles with partner Allana Molnar.

She captured the ITA Regional doubles championship as a sophomore with partner Andrea Rodriguez, went to the ITA Cup and finished third in the nation in doubles.

Molaoa enters the spring season ranked 21st in the nation in singles in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings and, along with Rodriguez, is ranked third nationally in doubles.

Molaoa, who came to Cowley from South Africa, said signing with a NCAA Division I school was a goal of hers.

“I am familiar with some of the (African) players on Southern’s team, so I already felt like part of the team when I visited,” Molaoa said.

Cowley = coach Manuel Raga is happy to see Molaoa earn the opportunity to continue playing tennis after Cowley.

“When you get a player to go Division I, it means they have been putting in the work to get better,” Raga said. “She has been a great teammate and has done well as a student-athlete. She is going to a good school and will do well at Southern University.”

The pre-law major has enjoyed her time at Cowley and hopes to help the team to a strong spring season.

“The tennis has been really good and the people at Cowley are so nice and helpful,” Molaoa said. “Finishing in the top three at nationals would be a great way to leave.”

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