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From left, Paige and Dana Olsen sign their letters of intent for University of Indianapolis. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
April 30, 2014 - During Paige and Dana Olsen's first tennis lesson when they were young they swung their rackets for 30 minutes. They didn't hit a single ball.

"It was okay they were told," said mom, Deanna Olsen. She added they were taught the first day it wasn't about how many times they hit the ball but their form.

Deanna remembered the moment as the twins signed their letter of intent to play tennis for University of Indianapolis last Wednesday.

"It's official now," Paige smiled. "It was the best fit overall. Everything fell into place. It was super last minute. We just loved it. We made the decision really fast."

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"We got there and it was better than we expected," Dana added.

The two looked at different colleges but found they were either too far away or they didn't know they loved it or not.

"That was a sign right there it wasn't the right school," Dana said. "Then, we looked at Indianapolis."

They both admitted it was a bonus and worked out to be going to school with each other. It will also help them.

"It is always good to have someone you know there," Paige said. "We are more comfortable around each other. We are the only two people coming onto the tennis team so it is good to know a teammate."

Paige plans to study exercise science with a concentration in physical therapy while Dana will major in business with a possibility to minor in Spanish.

Both have been playing tennis since they were four-years-old. They began playing competitively around 8-years-old. They play all year with the United States Tennis Association when they aren't playing with Clarkston Varsity Girls Tennis team. where they helped the Lady Wolves win the state championship in 2011.

"We didn't know what to expect because tennis is such an individual sport but it was the whole team aspect," Dana added. "It was such a difference. We loved it. We got to come out here and winning states was the icing on the cake and we have been trying to live up to it ever since."

Playing for USTA and Clarkston will help as they head to Indianapolis.

"It definitely prepares you for the college level because you experience all aspects," Dana added.

"It prepares you for the competitive matches," Paige said. "It is good from the team aspect especially for college because it is a team."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.
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