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Western Reserve Academy senior signs to play soccer at Michigan

Published: February 17, 2013 12:00 AM
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Western Reserve Academy senior Nicky Waldeck signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Michigan as a soccer player.

Waldeck chose Michigan because of its proximity to her family's home and its academic reputation.

"Being close to home and staying in the Midwest is important," she said. "The coaching staff made me feel at home when I visited the campus. It is an incredible school and the liberal arts program offers several opportunities with a strong focus on academics."

During her four years on the Lady Pioneers' soccer team, Waldeck scored a team-record 111 goals, including 43 during her senior year.

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As a senior, she earned a Gold Medal, which is Western Reserve Acadmy's highest athletic honor.

She also was named Reserve's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, the Tri-County League Player of the Year, the Greater Akron Division III Player of the Year, was a first-team All-Ohio selection and All-Midwest selection (all for the second time).

She also was named a high school All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association and was selected to participate in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.

"The only teams that were able to stop Nicky on her way to 43 goals were the ones who could stop her teammates from getting her the ball in the front of the net," WRA head girls soccer coach Joe DiBiase said. "Nicky would be quick to tell you that her success this year came from a tremendous team effort, leaving out the part where she seemed able to elevate the game of those around her. While she always gave 100 percent, her 100 percent is now in a different class."

In addition to soccer, Waldeck is a captain on WRA's girls basketball and girls lacrosse teams, plays cello in the WRA Orchestra, is a Prefect, Student Ambassador, Senior Class President and a Morgan Leader.

Under head coach Greg Ryan, the Wolverines have had three consecutive winning seasons and two NCAA Championship bids, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2012.

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