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BLOOMINGTON — It was fitting that Madison Tattini was at Wrigley Field on Monday night as the Chicago Cubs raised their World Series championship banner.

The Central Catholic High School junior knows plenty about winning titles, having won the Class 1A state championship in the fall. Earlier Monday, Tattini verbally committed to play her college tennis at the University of Utah.

She will sign a national letter of intent with the Utes in November.

“I’ve had a dream since I was a little girl to leave the Midwest and go play in the Pac-12 (Conference),” Tattini said. “Having that opportunity, I couldn’t say no.”

Tattini also had Iowa and Minnesota among her final three choices, and said she looked closely at Rutgers, Michigan State and Arizona as well.

“I feel like I can see myself in that environment,” she said of Utah. “Utah has had a top tier program for the past five years and is an up-and-coming program.

“They have great facilities, great academics and a great coaching staff that helps their players to continue to develop. Plus, Salt Lake City is a great place to live.”

Tattini said she is relieved to have made her choice.

“The whole week I was kind of stressing over where I was going to go to school,” Tattini said. “Now it’s really relaxing to know I have it done. I can focus on my practice and coming in and playing at a high position on the team.”

Tattini plans to major in biology with her ultimate goal to become a veterinarian.

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