Marquette the choice for Bartlett's Videckis
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Kendra Videckis noticed that when her older sister Haley went to Arizona State University to play basketball it was not an easy transition to be so far from home.
So when Kendra went to make her college decision, she decided staying relatively close to Bartlett was a priority.
She will do just that. Videckis, who will be a senior forward for the Hawks in the spring, recently committed to accept a soccer scholarship from Marquette University in Milwaukee, one of the top Division I women's soccer programs in the country.
"I really wanted to be close to home," said the 5-foot-11½ Videckis, who will study medicine at Marquette. "I know when Haley went to ASU it was hard for her to be away from the Midwest. I love the Marquette campus and the whole city scene."
Videckis chose to not play high school soccer last year, instead competing in college exposure tournaments with her Sockers SC club team, which is based in Schaumburg. She said she's, "100 percent," playing for the Hawks in the spring.
But that will come after a Thursday back surgery keeps her down for about six weeks. She will go under the knife to have a herniated disc repaired.
Videckis said she also considered Loyola, one of the top medical schools in the country, as well as NIU and Pepperdine, which is the Malibu, Calif., school where her sister Haley has transferred to ("It's a long way away but who wouldn't consider Malibu?" Kendra said).
She also had aspirations of playing in the Big Ten but waiting to make her college decision left Big Ten schools who courted her little to no scholarship money.
"I was lucky enough to get money from a school like Marquette," she said.
"At the end of the day I think I ended up where I'm supposed to be. The coaches are amazing and I'm excited to be going up there."
Videckis won't be lonely at Marquette. Her Sockers SC teammate, Maddie Dunker of Hononegah, will also be attending Marquette and former Geneva girls basketball standout Ashley Santos, a friend of Videckis', is also at Marquette. Other local players on the Golden Eagles' roster include Erin Holland of Cary-Grove and Ann Marie Lynch of Rolling Meadows.
At Marquette, Videckis will join a program that has flourished in recent years under 18th-year head coach Markus Roeders (254-91-37). The Eagles were 18-2-3 last year (9-0-1 Big East) and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. They led the nation with 17 shutouts. So far this season they are 12-3 (5-0 Big East) and ranked No. 4 in the latest NCAA Division I women's soccer poll.
Soccer fans can see Marquette play on Sunday at 1 p.m. at DePaul.
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