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Tri-County Thunder’s Summer Pahl recently verbally committed to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. If you ask Pahl about it, she believes she’s found, “the best of both worlds.”

“the best of both worlds”

Prior to the 2016 season, Pahl was set for the University of Vermont but based on coaching changes and a new style of play she stepped back and had her mind set on finding a program that she could thrive in.

This Spring, Pahl was persistently pursued by head coach, Susie Gardner, who saw her play at a tournament in North Carolina. Gardner was attracted to her tenacity, willingness, and leadership skills both on and off the court so when Pahl went for her unofficial visit in June, Gardner wore a Roots “Canada” sweater to welcome her.

While in Georgia, Pahl competed in Mercer’s Elite Camp in order to get a sense of the program’s coaching style and techniques. Similar to the Tri-County program, the fast paced, multiple skills, and multiple position play suited her style well.

During her campus visit Pahl fell in love with the quaint campus. She says that Mercer has “everything that a big school has” in a private environment on a small, walkable campus.

“everything that a big school has”

Pahl is also excited to follow in her Dad’s footsteps and compete on a D1 team in the Southern Conference. Though her father played football, both will have experienced Southern Conference competition.

She plans to study psychology and envisions herself contributing to the team beyond her uniform years.

Paul’s moving date is already set for June 26th, 2018 but her mind is still focused on the Tri-County season ahead as 10 players return to the Juel team that finished 2nd in the regular season this past year.

She’s ready to take on her 5th year as team captain and strive for the title in the Juel 2017-2018 season.