Andrew Dromsky hasn't always looked like he does now.
At 6-foot-5, the Lakeside High School senior left-hander has a wicked serve. His height gives him an advantage because he gets a better angle down into the court than shorter players.
But he hasn't always been taller than his peers. In fact, Dromsky stood just 5-3 when he entered high school.
"I used to be pretty short," he said. "I've just grown a bunch, and (my serve) has grown as I've grown."
Dromsky's development over the years helped him achieve his goal of playing college tennis.
On Thursday, the Panthers' No. 1 singles player signed a letter of intent to play at Georgia Southern.
Dromsky has been working with Craig Jones at Petersburg Racquet Club since he was 13 years old. The instructor said his pupil has the tools needed to succeed as a college player.
"For him, he has two big weapons," Jones said. "He's got a good serve and a good forehand, and he doesn't even know how good his serve is yet."
Jones also noted that "you can't teach left-handed," stressing that it can be tough for other players to adjust to Dromsky's southpaw serve.
Dromsky said he felt comfortable with first-year Georgia Southern coach Nick Zieziula from the get-go.
"I liked his outlook on coaching, and I really liked him as a person as well," Dromsky said. "I thought I'd definitely enjoy being a player on his team."
Dromsky has only two losses this season and has helped the Panthers reach the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs. The past two years, Lakeside's boys squad has advanced to the state semifinals.