Schorr upbeat on collegiate move


Robbie Schorr returns to TJ Bellama during their men’s singles title match in the 2020 White Coconut Tennis Classic early this month at the American Memorial Park tennis courts. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

After a successful junior career, four-time Northern Marianas Sports Association/Tan Siu Lin Foundation Athlete of the Year awardee Robbie Schorr is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his tennis life this fall when he moves up to the collegiate ranks.

The Saipan International School senior has committed to play for William Woods University after earning an athletic scholarship from the school based in Fulton, Missouri.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity and glad to be playing college tennis,” said Schorr, who won the gold medal in the team event in the Pacific Games last year in Samoa and also bagged a silver in the men’s doubles.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the coaches I’ve had, especially coach Jeff (Race), all my teammates and opponents, and my parents for always supporting me. I’m looking forward to playing as many games as I can and for a school that I’m excited to go to,” the 17-year-old said.

William Woods competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. In the 2018-2019 season, the Owls posted an impressive 22-3 record, topping the American Midwest Conference Heart of America Championships after dominating Missouri Valley in the finals, 5-0, besides beating nine other schools. William Woods also qualified to the NAIA National Championships and advanced to the second round, as the Owls routed Midland University, 8-1, before losing to Keiser, 2-5.

This season, William Woods is under a new coach—Chance Joosts. The Owls won their season debut early this month after whipping William Jewell College in the ITA Cup, 6-1.

Schorr will bring to Williams Woods his impressive record, which includes multiple junior championships on Saipan and off-island, and a rich experience playing in high-level tournaments. The many-time CNMI national team member played in the Pacific Oceania Junior Championships since he was 11 years old and also saw action in ITF Juniors competition in Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and Australia. He also trained at the Oceania Tennis Federation/ITF training facility in Fiji.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.
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