Western's Segraves chooses Navy for more than tennis

CROZET, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Gavin Segraves was a reluctant center of attention in the big gym at Western Albemarle High School on Friday afternoon.

A quiet, humble senior at Western, Segraves was celebrated by the Warriors on Friday for his decision to continue his tennis career at Navy.

"I couldn't be happier," Segraves said after the short signing ceremony. "It's such an honorable and humbling experience, to be able to sign and go to basically my dream school, and get to play tennis for them. Get the honor of serving afterwards as well. So I really couldn't be happier."

Segraves is in his second season with the Western tennis program. He helped the Warriors win the Class 3 state title a season ago. After each of the past two seasons, the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation has listed Segraves as one of the top 40 players in the country. The Tennis Recruiting Network ranks Segraves as the No. 1 player in Virginia for the 2019 recruiting class.

Segraves first committed to the Midshipmen midway through his junior year at Western. He's looking forward to the "huge challenge" of playing tennis for the Middies -- and the "perfect experience" of serving in the Navy.

"I've gotten a couple of tastes of college tennis a few times. Every once in a while I'll get to play a men's tournament, play a couple college guys," Segraves said. "Just playing with them, it's a different level of tennis. It's a lot more fun. They play a lot faster pace than a lot of the high school guys do. So that's going to be really exciting. It's going to be a really big challenge, and hopefully I can step up to that."