and Morgan Graves, twin sisters from Joliet, Ill., recently signed letters of intent to
continue both their athletic and academic careers at Saint Xavier University as
members of the Cougar women's soccer program.
The pair played at Joliet Central High School in Joliet, Ill., and will
join the SXU roster in the fall of 2011.
Marissa is projected to join the Cougars as either a forward or an
attacking midfielder, while Morgan will likely play at either central midfield
or center back.
The twins are the daughters of Melvin and Gloria Graves
of Joliet. Marissa plans to study
nursing and Morgan will pursue a degree in pre-physical therapy starting next
fall at Saint Xavier University. SXU
women's soccer coach Jeremy Ekeler is thrilled about signing the talented
"Marissa is one of the most dangerous
offensive players we have ever recruited," said Ekeler."Beyond her
incredible speed, she has a desire to get to the goal every time she touches
the ball. She is a multiple
all-conference, all-sectional and all-area player and still has another year
ahead of her. Marissa is also an honor
student and I think she has a real chance to contribute to our attack
"Morgan is also a winner of multiple
all-conference, all-sectional and all-area awards as well as an honor student,"
said Ekeler. "She is the best blend of
speed and physical play we have recruited and every time I have seen her play
she was working at a level well above her opponents. I also like the fact that Morgan does the
little things it takes to win soccer games.
She will have an immediate impact for us either defending or in the