Pomona Makes a Friendly Impression on Moore-Thomson
Samantha Moore-Thomson received a warm welcome on her recruiting visit to Pomona College. The four-star senior from Denver realized she wanted to play for a Division III program and Pomona-Pitzer checked all the boxes.
Andreach's Search Starts and Ends with Notre Dame
Julia Andreach fell in love with the idea of playing for Notre Dame at a young age. She just needed to make sure she chose it for the right reasons. After a thorough search process, the five-star rising senior committed to the Fighting Irish.
Injury Helps UCLA-Bound Ong Realize Benefits of College
Vanessa Ong was focused on a pro career until suffering an injury that sidelined her for a prolonged period. It opened her eyes to the benefits of college, and the blue-chip rising senior from Oklahoma has committed to play for UCLA.
Hawaii's Brilhante Gets Discovered By Pacific
Maile Brilhante knew it would be hard to get recruited to play Division I college tennis while living in Hawaii. But the four-star rising senior never gave up on her dream, and received an offer from the University of the Pacific. She committed last month.
Baylor Provides Panic Relief for Blue Chip Boch-Collins
Audrey Boch-Collins started to worry when college coaches didn't respond to her emails right away. Baylor helped relieve her stress by showing interest. The blue chip rising senior from Las Vegas committed to the Lady Bears last month.
Fishback Bucks Stereotypes to Become High-Level Recruit
Ryan Fishback is not your typical blue chip recruit. He doesn't attend an academy. He plays multiple sports in high school. But it didn't prevent the New York native from fulfilling his college dreams. Fishback has verbally committed to Virginia Tech.
Schneider Makes It Official After One Visit to Ohio State
Lara Schneider only made one college visit during her recruiting process. That was all she needed to realize Ohio State was the right fit. The five-star rising senior from South Carolina has verbally committed to the Buckeyes.
Blue Chip Gawande Leaps at the Chance to Attend Harvard
Sanyukta Gawande may be a star on the tennis court, but she continues to attend gymnastics practice for nine hours each week. The blue chip rising senior embraces high-level challenges, and has committed to play at Harvard.
Blue Chip McKennon Feels Wanted By ASU
Max McKennon noticed how invested the Arizona State coaches were in his recruitment process. The blue chip rising senior from Newport Beach, California appreciated their commitment, and returned the favor by committing to the Sun Devils.
Creath Ready to Write Her Next Chapter at Tennessee
Callie Creath enjoys reading a good book whenever possible. The five-star recruit from Texas is ready to open a new chapter in her life this fall when she arrives at Tennessee to join the Lady Vols. Creath signed with the program in December.
Five-Star Lovett Ready for New Experiences at Tulane
Henry Lovett wanted to leave California for a new experience in college. The five-star senior from Los Angeles signed with Tulane, a revived program built on recruits like Lovett looking for unique challenges.
Prinyarux Finds a Division I Match in Rutgers
Alisa Prinyarux didn't think her game was good enough to play Division I. But once she stopped worrying and started having fun, Prinyarux improved and received Division I interest. The five-star junior from Kansas has committed to Rutgers.
Childhood Friendship Leads Dostanic to USC
Stefan Dostanic's childhood friendship with Colter Smith helped lead the blue chip senior to signing with USC. Smith is the son of USC head coach Peter Smith, and the families became close over the years.
Nick Forester Taking Unique Playing Style to Bates
Nick Forester and his ambidextrous playing style will be gracing the courts at Bates College in the fall. The three-star senior from Maine plays with two forehands, having adopted the approach when he was 9.
Timing Was Right for Giddens and Auburn
Blue chip junior Maxwell Giddens didn't know he was going to commit to Auburn during his visit last weekend. But once he sensed the moment was right, Giddens decided to tell his parents and futures coaches he wanted to be a Tiger.
South African Connection Helps Texas Land Ryngler
South African tennis connections helped kickstart the recruiting process that led Lexi Ryngler to sign with the University of Texas women's team. Ryngler is completing high school a year early to be eligible to play for the Longhorns next fall.
Neighborhood Chores Help Lead Martin to Georgia Tech
Andres Martin did neighborhood chores to help pay for his tournament entry fees when he was younger. The work paid off as the blue chip senior has signed to play with Georgia Tech and will be staying close to home for college.
Unofficial Family Visit Leads DeSpain to Clemson
Ali DeSpain didn't think she would end up attending Clemson. But once she walked on campus and met the coaches, she couldn't envision herself anywhere else. The blue chip senior has signed to stay close to home with the Tigers
Gibbons Goes Green By Committing to Dartmouth
Anders Gibbons will be attending college three time zones away from his Seattle home. The four-star senior has committed to play at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. He made his decision after his final unofficial visit.
Crowley Comes Full Circle By Signing with Northwestern
Briana Crowley first attended tennis camp at Northwestern when she was 8 years old. The blue chip senior will be returning to the courts, only this time as a member of the team. The blue chip senior has signed with the Wildcats.
Bickersteth Gets "Dream" Offer From Michigan
Jacob Bickersteth grew up dreaming about staying close to home and having his family watch him play for Michigan. Once he received an offer from the Wolverines, the five-star junior didn't hesistate to commit.
Blue Chip Lin Stays Close to Home with UW Commitment
Yolanda Lin thought she may want to go away for college. But the blue chip junior realized she loved the Pacific Northwest, and everything the University of Washington had to offer. Lin committed to the Huskies last month.
Five-Star McCaig Doesn't Let Diabetes Slow Him Down
Coby McCaig was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 7 years old. The Modesto, California native has managed his condition while developing into a five-star senior prospect. McCaig has signed to play at the University of Pacific.
The Price is Right for Keyser at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Benjamin Keyser wanted to find a school that didn't break the budget for his college tennis career. The four-star senior from Virginia found the total package at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Keyser signed with the Mustangs last month.
Yale Makes a Believer Out of Blue Chip Kung
Chelsea Kung didn't think it was possible to balance a rigorous academic load with high-level tennis at an Ivy League school. Yale proved her wrong. The blue chip from Texas will be joining the program in the fall of 2019.
Blue Chip Lins Finds Athletic and Academic Match at Harvard
Blue chip junior David Lins found the right athletic and academic match at Harvard. The Boca Raton, Florida resident has verbally committed to join the Crimson in the fall of 2020.
Tran's Period of Healing Leads to Picking Tar Heels
Reilly Tran used her recovery time from hip surgery to begin researching her college options. The blue chip junior from Virginia realized the University of North Carolina was the place she was meant to be, and has commited to the Tar Heels for 2020.
Being a Good Sport Matters to USC-Bound Cayetano
Eryn Cayetano has been lauded for her good sportsmanship with numerous awards and compliments. The five-star senior from Corona, California will bring her good behavior to USC, where she has committed to play for the Women of Troy next fall.
Ryan Ali Embraces Smaller Size to Reach Division I Goal
Despite standing just 5-foot-3, Ryan Ali holds his own on the tennis court. The four-star senior from California recently signed to play at Santa Clara University. He wants to be a role model for other smaller players.
Salute To Service: Four Star Jose Pledges to Army
Joel Nathan Jose takes great pride in representing his country, and wants to serve in the military. The four-star senior from New Albany, Ohio has committed to play for Army. His mid-match salute last spring gave spectators chills.
Hopper Ready For More Fun at Case Western Reserve
James Hopper needs to be having fun to be successful in tennis. Hopper's game improved once he embraced that philosophy. The four-star senior wants to keep the fun going in college at Case Western Reserve University.
Georgia Tech-Bound Cohen Was Raised To Compete
As the older sister to four brothers, Gia Cohen doesn't back down from competition. The blue chip from Florida is bringing that drive to Georgia Tech. Cohen signed with the Yellow Jackets this week, and is arriving in January.
Blue Chip Wolfberg Signs with Oklahoma State
Blue chip Alana Wolfberg didn't think she wanted to attend college far from home. But the Oklahoma State coaching staff made a lasting impression on the Orlando native. She signed her National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State this afternoon during a ceremony at her high school.
Hohmann Finds a Coaching Connection at LSU
If you want to know why Ronald Hohmann is signing with LSU, it's fairly simple. The blue chip senior wants to play for Andy Brandi. Hohmann believes Brandi can help him reach is goal of playing professionally.
Self-Motivated Shugar Elevates Game, Commits to Alabama
Avi Shugar didn't think playing high-level Division I tennis was a possibility two years ago. But the four-star senior from Oregon worked hard to improve his game and will be signing with the University of Alabama this week.
Junmoke James Stays in the Game at Lehigh
Junmoke James wasn't sure if she would find a place to play Division I tennis until receiving an email from Lehigh. The four-star senior from Georgia with a passion for writing short stories will be signing with the Mountain Hawks this month.
Fresno State-Bound Baturyn Makes all the Right Moves
A former competitive chess player, Daniel Baturyn is tactical about the moves he makes on and off the tennis court. The five-star senior left California for South Carolina to train at an academy, and his game greatly improved. He is signing with Fresno State next week.
Blue Chip Angelica Blake Chooses Stanford
Blue chip senior Angelica Blake is announcing her commitment to Stanford. Blake discovered her love for tennis by grabbing a stranger's racket at age 4 and begging to go hit balls while living in the UK.
Five-Star Gupta Ready To Help Penn Ascend
Aditya Gupta wanted to find the best mix of academics and tennis for college. The five-star senior from Southern California didn't limit his options to only Ivy League schools, but discovered Penn provided everything he wanted.
Kuckelman Twins Were a Package Deal for Nebraska
Chloe and Ellie Kuckelman are not only twin sisters, they are best friends. They wanted to stay together in college, and Nebraska showed interest from the very start. The four-star seniors from Kansas will both be signing with the Huskers next month.
Jachuck Heading to Harvard
Ronan Jachuck did his homework before deciding where to attend college. The blue chip senior found the right fit - athletically and academically - at Harvard. Jachuck verbally committed last February, and received his "likely letter" this month.
Mossmer Follows Family History at Stanford
Nicole Mossmer was an elite level youth soccer player until deciding to pursue tennis at age 14. Although many questioned the change, Mossmer followed her heart and developed into a blue chip. She will be signing with Stanford, where both her parents played sports.
Mercer, Cash Make Double Commitment for Ohio State
They didn't make a promise to attend the same school, but doubles partners J.J. Mercer and Robert Cash both found the right fit at Ohio State. The blue chip seniors are signing with the Buckeyes next month and hoping to continue their partnership in college.
Drummy's Journey Leads to Vanderbilt
Georgia Drummy moved from her home in Ireland to Florida to improve her tennis and face better competition. The next step in Drummy's career comes next month when she signs to play at Vanderbilt and then joins the program in January.
Competitive Spirit Drives Blue Chip Zhang to Duke
Andrew Zhang's competitive drive has been evident from the moment he started playing tennis. Attracted to Duke's athletic spirit and tradition, the blue chip recruit from Michigan is signing with the Blue Devils next month.
Dodd Heading West To Play For Sacramento State
Three-star Grace Dodd knew during her official visit she wanted to attend Sacramento State. The Farmers Branch, Texas native is a strong doubles player and hopes to contribute to the Hornets in any way needed.
Five-Star Senior Spencer Gray Chooses Auburn
Believing it's a place where he can thrive, Spencer Gray has committed to Auburn. The five-star recruit from Boca Raton, Florida made his decision on Monday night after taking his official visit to the school in early September.
Epilepsy Doesn't Sideline Four-Star Gabby Dellacono
Gabby Dellacono was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 10. Instead of holding her back, the condition motivated Dellacono to work even harder in tennis and become an advocate for other children. The four-star from Connecticut will be signing with Brown next month.
Blue Chip Nanda Chooses Bruins
Motivated by a rejection when he began playing competitive tennis, Govind Nanda made a commitment to improving. That determination has now led to another commitment: the blue chip recruit is just months away from becoming a UCLA Bruin.
Blue Chip Hadigian Ready to Work for Gonzaga
Intrigued by the vision of the new coaching staff, blue chip senior Eric Hadigian has committed to Gonzaga. Hadigian has the option of enrolling early to play this spring or waiting until next fall to play for the Zags.
Miller Finds Perfect Fit in Her Own Backyard at Michigan
Karina Miller didn't have to search far to find the perfect fit for college. The blue chip junior from Ann Arbor committed to the University of Michigan last week, and will represent the school located in her backyard.
Five-Star Redelijk Announces His Commitment to SMU
Five-star senior Jordi Redelijk is announcing his commitment to SMU. The Florida native made his decision on Tuesday night, having formed a close relationship with new head coach Grant Chen during the recruiting process.
Brown Goes Blue to Prolong Family Legacy
Jaedan Brown will be prolonging a family tradition by attending the University of Michigan. The blue chip junior from Granger, Indiana committed to the Wolverines after taking her official visit last weekend.
Second Visit Makes Lasting Impression on Texas-Bound Woldeab
Siem Woldeab's first visit to Texas was marred by weather delays. The Longhorns lured the blue chip senior back for a longer vsiit and he fell in love. Woldeab committed to Texas on the day he returned home to San Diego.
Rollins Finds His Potential Match at Texas A&M
Having endured a string of injury setbacks early in his career, Pierce Rollins has worked his way back into competitive form. The rising senior blue chip from Tulsa, Oklahoma recently committed to Texas A&M.
Family Helped Prepare Campana For Vanderbilt
Carolyn Campana grew up in a tennis-playing family and was motivated to challenge her older brothers. The sibling support helped Campana develop into a blue chip prospect preparing to begin her freshman year at Vanderbilt.
Deers, Raccoons and Tennis: Madison Tattini Loves Them All
Five-star senior Madison Tattini is not the prototypical country club tennis kid. The Utah signee lives on 50 acres of land in Illinois and has raised more than 50 animals, including raccoons and deer. Tattini wants to be a veterinarian once she finishes her playing career.
New Coaches Welcome O'Dell To Virginia
Despite a coaching change last year, Amber O'Dell remained committed to attending the University of Virginia. The blue chip was welcomed by the new coaching staff with open arms and will be arriving to begin classes this summer.
Blue Chip Zink Mindful of Commitment to Georgia
Tyler Zink practices meditation to help achieve a state of mindfulness and improve his performance on the court. The blue chip junior spent the last few months contemplating his college decision and recently committed to Georgia.
Blue Chip Brooksby Sees Growth Potential At TCU
Jenson Brooksby wanted to find a program at a smaller school that could help develop his game. The blue chip junior from Carmichael, California found what he was looking for at TCU. He verbally commited right after the Horned Frogs clinched the Big 12 Conference regular-season title.
UCLA-Bound Forbes Finds Perspective Through Her Autistic Brother
Abigail Forbes has gained perspective beyond wins and losses through her younger brother, Luke, who is autistic. The blue chip junior from Raleigh, North Carolina recently committed to UCLA, where she plans to study pre-med and focus on pediatric research to help try and find a cure for autism.
In Sickness and In Health, Texas-Bound McDonald Loves Tennis
Evin McDonald discovered his love for tennis while spendng a month in a hospital being treated for a serious illness. The blue chip junior from Bethesda, Maryland has taking advantage of every opportunity the sport has offered, and recently committed to play at Texas.
Legendary Mentorship Guides UCLA-Bound Taylor Johnson
Taylor Johnson has been mentored by Billie Jean King since she was 10 after a chance meeting at a YMCA brought them together. King recently helped Johnson make her college decision, with the blue chip junior committing to UCLA. Johnson will be an early arrival for the Bruins.
Grant Is Fully Committed to Tennis, Florida
Will Grant is hard to keep off the court. The blue chip junior often needs to be told to take a break by his family because his passion to improve his so strong. Having recently committed to Florida, Grant will likely test the NCAA hours limit once he arrives in Gainesville.
James Madison Reels In Karpinski For Signing Class
Maryland native William Karpinski is signing to play for James Madison University. Outside of playing tennis, the three-star recruit enjoys deep-sea fishing and caught a barracuda several years ago on a family trip.
Furman Was Worth The Wait For Taylor Melville
Taylor Melville didn't want to be pressured into making a college decision. The five-star Georgia resident wanted time to learn more about schools. Furman allowed Melville to do her research, and she rewarded the program's patience by committing to the Paladins.
Kush Learns The True Value of Academics
Adam Kush's tennis thrived at an academy, but his grades suffered with online schooling. Kush moved back home, improved his grades again and began exploring colleges. He is signing with Division II Anderson University, with most of the scholarship money coming from his academic success.
Zimmermann Finds the Right Fit at Georgetown
Lindsay Zimmermann wanted to attend a smaller private school that was near a big city. The five star from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina found the right fit at Georgetown. Zimmermann will be signing to play for the Hoyas during the Spring Signing Period that begins this week.
Persistence Pays Off For Khalafallah
Shaddy Khalafallah didn't think playing Division I college tennis might work out for him. But through hard work and constant emails, the three-star senior from Moline, Illinois will be signing his letter of intent to play for Marquette University.
Five-Star Amber Shen Is Committed To Helping Others Heal
Watching her mother battle colon cancer inspired Amber Shen to pursue a career in medicine. The five-star from Boulder, Colorado has committed to MIT, where she wants to study biological engineering and take advantage of research opportunities.
Some Pain, All Gain for USC-Bound Willson
Danielle Willson got her start in tennis by being whacked in the face with a water balloon. It led to a love for the sport that remains strong. The five-star senior from Newport Beach, California is staying close to home to play for USC.
Four-Star Anukornchaikul Selects Johns Hopkins
Naevin Anukornchaikul wanted to attend a strong research university with a quality tennis program. The four-star recruit from Irvine, California found a school that will give him that and more by committing to Johns Hopkins.
Late Blooming Eugenia Lee Overcomes Doubters
After receiving an email telling her about the JV team in college, Eugenia Lee was motivated to get an offer to play varsity. The three star from Allison Park, Pennsylvania rapidly improved and the coaches at the University of Chicago took notice. Lee has committed to play for the Maroon women.
Blue Chip Cerdan Bound for Maize and Blue
With 23 offers, Andrea Cerdan could have been overwhelmed by the next step in the recruiting process. But three factors put the blue chip junior on the path toward the University of Michigan: a promising unofficial visit, a love of indoor tennis and her coaches.
Four-Star Daniel Krulig Heading To Denver
Daniel Krulig's dream was to play college tennis at an American university. The dream will soon become a reality for the four-star senior from Florida. He will be joining the University of Denver men's program in the fall.
Family Helps Bacalla Achieve College Tennis Goal
Michelle Bacalla's family had a major influence in her tennis career and her college recruiting process. Her two older brothers played college tennis, giving her a blueprint to follow when it came time for her to make a decision. The five-star from Skokie, Illinois has signed to play for the University of Iowa.
Trice Pickens Makes Northwestern His Pick
Trice Pickens is following in the footsteps of a fellow Cary, North Carolina native by signing to play at Northwestern University. The five star believes he can develop his game at Northwestern while receiving a quality education.
Meghana Komarraju Felt A Call To Serve
Meghana Komarraju found herself drawn to the service academies as she began the recruiting process. They offered everything she wanted - an opportunity to play Division I tennis, strong science and math classes and leadership skills that would last throughout life. The four star senior from Virginia decided to stay close to home and commit to Navy.
UVA Commit Hopes To Inspire Through Actions, Words
Natasha Subhash is staying close to home by committing to the University of Virginia. The blue chip junior has a stutter, and is hoping her platform as a talented tennis player can help inspire any other kids that have a similar issue and are struggling to cope with the disorder.
Yim Recovers From Back Injury, Commits to Harvard
Alan Yim worried his college prospects might dim when he was sidelined by a back injury for eight months. But Harvard remained loyal in its pursuit of the blue chip junior from Bellevue, Washington, and Yim recently committed to the Ivy League program.
USC Commit Ryder Jackson Is Uniquely Dressed For Success
Ryder Jackson has a distinctive style on the court when it comes to clothes with a soccer jersey and visor as his attire of choice. But it's the blue chip junior's game that attracted college coaches. Jackson ended his recruiting process by committing to play for USC.
Blue Chip Cannon Kingsley Makes Ohio State His Top Choice
Ohio State wasn't on Cannon Kingsley's initital list when he began exploring his college tennis options. But the Buckeyes made a lasting impression on the blue chip junior from Northport, New York, and he committed to play for Ohio State last week.
Yarlagadda Takes A Balanced Approach To UNC Commitment
Anika Yarlagadda was attracted to the University of North Carolina for more than just a strong tennis program. The blue chip junior wants to be a doctor, and UNC is well respected for sending students to medical school. The combination led Yarlagadda to commit to the Tar Heels on her second visit to campus.
Extended Travel Plans Leads Alshon To Virginia
Christian Alshon took his mother's advice and decided to extend a recruiting trip. The blue chip junior made a visit to Virginia and instantly knew he'd found the right college for him. Alshon verbally committed to play for the defending NCAA champion Cavailiers.
Kotzen Goes Back To His Roots With Columbia Commitment
Blue chip junior Alexander Kotzen engaged in a thorough recruiting search, visiting 10 schools and hiring a consultant to help research his options. In the end, Kotzen decided to commit to Columbia, which is located only a few blocks from where he attended elementary school.
Shvets Feels Right At Home At Princeton
Brianna Shvets used to drive by Princeton University with her parents when she was young and wear Princeton T-shirts during her matches. Her longtime dream of playing for her hometown university has become a reality. The blue chip senior from New Jersey has committed to Princeton and received her acceptance letter.
Blue Chips Zein and Kessler Will Team Up Again at Florida
Blue chip recruits Marlee Zein and McCartney Kessler are both joining the NCAA champion University of Florida Gators, but their paths to Gainesville have been starkly different. The one-time doubles partners are excited to be starting their college tennis journey together, and Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist is thrilled to have them.
Kourkina Relieves Stress by Committing to Vanderbilt
Dasha Kourkina wanted to relieve the stress and anxiety brought on by the college recruiting process. Once she visited Vanderbilt, the blue chip junior from Brooklyn found her solution. She verbally committed to play for the Commodores.
Mother's Influence Helps Harvard-Bound Eason
Rachel Eason has a role model close to home in her mother, who has raised her as a single parent. They were able to celebrate together last week when Eason received her admitance letter from Harvard. The blue chip senior will begin playing for the Crimson in the fall of 2018.
Zhu Carries Quiet Confidence to Penn
Kevin Zhu recevied his admittance letter from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of business last week. The blue chip senior from Houston will bring a quiet confidence to the Penn roster once he arrives in the fall of 2018.
The Name Game: Brigham Signs with BYU
By name alone, Brigham Andrus seemed destined to attend Brigham Young University from the moment he was born. The Highland, Utah, native signed to play for BYU during the early signing period and will join the Cougars after serving a two-year Mormon mission. His older brother has also signed to play for BYU.
Duke-Bound Johns Puts Sportsmanship First
Atlanta's Garrett Johns has committed to Duke. The blue chip junior is known for more than just his success on the court. He's known for his good sportsmanship and compassion for others.
Gallagher Ready To Begin College At 16
Blue chip Sedona Gallagher is graduating from high school two years early so she can begin attendng the University of Washington. The 15-year-old signed her National Letter of Intent during the early signing period two weeks ago.
LSU Commit Is A Woman Among Boys
Maggie Cubitt grew up playing tennis with a group of boys. Although they made her cry at first, Cubitt eventually earned their respect. They helped the five-star junior develop into a successful player who just committed to LSU.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Thorough Search Leads to UVA
Ryan Goetz didn't want to leave any stone unturned during his recruiting process. The blue chip senior from New York visited numerous schools and researched each program intensely. Goetz realized the University of Virginia was the best fit for him.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Opportunities Knock for Simion
Tennis provided Teodora Simion a way to ease her homesickness when her family moved to the United States from Romania. The well-rounded recruit will continue playing the sport in college, having signed with Marian University. Simion wants to pursue a career in medicine and possibly work on healthcare legislation in Washington D.C.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Coaching Move Alters Mayo's Choice
Alyssa Mayo wanted to play for Alison Swain. Once Swain was named the head coach at USC, Mayo's recruiting took a West Coast turn and a jump to Division I. The four-star signed with USC this week.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Sorel's Growth Spurt Forces Introspection
Jack Sorel struggled with his game after a major growth spurt changed his body. He lost confidence, but he never quit. The four-star senior from Alpharetta, Georgia, has adapted a new style and is signing with Kennesaw State.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Choy Was Born To Play For Stanford
Literally from birth, it seemed Sara Choy was destined to play for Stanford. The blue chip grew up dreaming about joining the program and representing the university. Choy will make things official this week by signing her National Letter of Intent.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Kypson Pushes Back Decision
Blue chip Patrick Kypson is still debating whether to turn professional right away or pursue a college career first. The No. 1-ranked senior boy on Tennis Recruiting Network's list, Kypson will consider a myriad of factors in the next few months before he announces his decision.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Adventure Awaits Graver at Auburn
Blue chip senior Sophie Graver is signing to play at Auburn University. The New Jersey native made an adventurous pact with Auburn coach Lauren Spencer if Graver decided to play for the Tigers.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Home Court Advantage for Horve
Lucas Horve won't experience as much cultural shock as some college-bound players. The five-star senior grew up 45 minutes from the Illinois campus and has been training on the courts for many years. He will officially sign to join the Illini this week.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Pellerito Picks William & Mary
As someone who has always loved team events for the camaraderie and competition, Dan Pellerito couldn't wait to play college tennis. The five-star from Syosset, N.Y., has committed to William & Mary.
Countdown: Lilien Takes Tennis Trail to Oregon
Julia Lilien thought she might grow up to be a swimmer or a golfer. But once she discovered tennis, Lilien fell in love with the sport. The five-star recruit will continue playing at the college level, having committed to Oregon.
Countdown: Back Healed, Pratt Goes Back To Wisconsin
Jared Pratt didn't let scoliosis keep him from achieving his tennis dreams. The blue chip senior has overcome surgery and committed to Wisconsin, the state where he first began playing tennis competitively.
Countdown: Kowalski Finds A New Home At Georgia
Meg Kowalski left home to attend the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy and instantly felt welcomed. The blue chip from Illinois experiened that same comfort level once she visited the University of Georgia. She committed to the Bulldogs two years ago and never wavered on her decision.
Countdown: Blue Chip Andrew Fenty Goes Blue
A connection to a former private coach led to Andrew Fenty making an unofficial visit to the University of Michigan. The blue chip senior realized the school was a perfect fit for this athletic and academic ambitions.
Countdown: Brylin Ready For Change At Wake Forest
Anna Brylin enjoys exploring new areas and meeting new people. She will get that chance at Wake Forest, where the five-star from New Jersey has committed to play. Brylin's father played in the NHL and she spent parts of her childhood living in Russia.
Countdown: Rios Stays Close To Home At Ole Miss
Christopher Rios always dreamed about staying close to home and representing Ole Miss. It will soon become a reality. The four-star senior from Baldwyn has committed to play for Ole Miss.
Countdown: Air Force Class Ready To Serve
Their commitment goes far beyond just tennis. The members of this year's Air Force men's recruiting class are committing to serve their country. Some have relatives in the military and others were inspired by friends. The diverse group is ready to work together on and off the court.
Countdown: Family Matters To Ohio State-Bound Allen
Family support has helped Kolie Allen develop into a blue-chip recruit worthy of receiving multiple Division I offers. The Illinois native has committed to play at Ohio State, the first school she visited during the recruiting process.
Countdown: Sweet Music for Indiana's Recruiting Class
A talented tennis player and musician, Carson Haskins is fueled by a stubborn persistence to achieve his goals and retain a balance in his life. The blue chip senior from Ballwin, Missouri, has committed to play at Indiana University.
Countdown: Hilderbrand Headed To UCF
Trey Hilderbrand will have access to the same facility where many of the top Americans train once he begins college. The blue chip from San Antonio has committed to the University of Central Florida, which plays its home matches at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
Countdown: Rock Chalk for California's Deming
Having grown up in California, Julia Deming planned to stay home and attend college in the state. But once she made a visit to Kansas, Deming changed her mind. The five-star from Fallbrook has committed to Kansas.
Countdown: Benkaim An Early Arrival For Utah
Struggling to make progress in his game, Russell Benkaim decided to head to Utah early after committing to the program. The outgoing four-star from Florida will be arriving in Salt Lake City in January and play for the Utes during the spring season.
Meier Stays Loyal To Nebraska
Mason Meier, the No. 1-ranked player in Nebraska, decided to stay close to home by committing to the Huskers on Friday night. Meier had considered other Big Ten schools, but had a "special feeling" about representing his home state at the flagship college.
Notre Dame Comes Calling for Koscielski
Maeve Koscielski grew up attending Notre Dame sporting events, and the school was her No. 1 choice for college. Once she received the call offering her a spot on the women's tennis team, the five star didn't hesitate to accept. She won't have switch affiliations since her high school team is the Fighting Irish as well.
Maloney Pulls Rank By Committing To Michigan
Using a group chat as motivation to rise in the rankings, Patrick Maloney became a blue chip. The senior from Oyster Bay, N.Y., recently committed to Michigan, a school he targeted at the start of his recruiting process. Maloney worked his way onto Michigan's radar through improvement in his game the last two years.
Siniakowicz Hopes To Boost Brown’s Fortunes
Robert Siniakowicz wasn't discouraged by Brown's recent lack of success in the Ivy League. The five-star senior viewed it as an opportunity to help the program improve in deciding to commit to the Bears.
Sweet Dreams: Maximilian Wild Commits To UCLA
Maximilian Wild followed his instincts and committed to UCLA on Monday night. The five-star senior from Murrieta, Calif., already has friendships with four freshmen on the Bruins' roster and loves the history of athletic success at UCLA.
Yale Gets A Player With A Bulldog Menality
Michael Sun may only stand 5-7, but he doesn't back down from any challenge. The five-star senior recently made a verbal commitment to Yale. His coach believes Sun was overlooked because of his size and will prove it once he reaches college.
Rotsaert Goes From Stanford Camper To Commit
Alexandre Rotsaert attended Stanford tennis camps as a kid. The blue chip senior will be returning to the courts in Palo Alto next year as a member of the team after verbally committing to the Cardinal last month.
Henderson Flips Into Georgetown
Sophie Henderson was born into Cirque du Soleil and had Olympic gymnastic aspirations before injuries took over. Thanks to her older sister, tennis and non-profit work fell into her life – as well as a scholarship to Georgetown.'
Frye Commits to the Trojans
After taking family vacations to the state, Bradley Frye wanted to attend college in California. The rising senior blue chip with a love for magic tricks found the right fit at USC and verbally committed to the Trojans in June.
Cernoch Makes Memorable Commitment to UNC
Rising senior blue chip Brian Cernoch made a commitment to the University of North Carolina while standing on the outer courts at Wimbledon last month.
Navarro Gives Early Commitment to Duke
Rising sophomore blue chip Emma Navarro gave a verbal commitment to Duke after making a visit to the campus during the college season. The South Carolina resident is preparing to play in the Girls 18 clay courts and Girls 16 hardcourt nationals this summer.
Duo Decides on Princeton
Bored with the standard playground options at a public park near
his Portage Michigan home, blue chip Bill Duo, then five years old,
decided to join his parents and older sister on the tennis court. A
dozen years later, that curiosity has resulted in an opportunity to
play for one of the country's top schools, with Duo recently
announcing his verbal commitment to Princeton for 2018.
Whitney Osuigwe Reflects on French Open Title
Last weekend at Roland Garros, fifteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe
achieved a number of firsts on her way to becoming the first American
to win the French Open girls title since Jennifer Capriati in 1989.
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis spoke to her recently by phone about her
win in Paris, her love of red clay, her goals and her plans for this
Rohan Sachdev Stars on the Court and in the Spelling Bee
Drill work has always had a double meaning for Rohan Sachdev. Wearing
an adidas headband and gripping his Babolat racket, Rohan spent many
hours mimicking tennis strokes in the house while his mother quizzed
him from a nearby table. He'd spell a word in the middle of hitting a
forehand against air. He'd spell another during the completion of a
serve. Being a nationally-ranked junior tennis player and
nationally-recognized speller is a balancing act Rohan mastered
throughout his childhood.
Jimena Rodriguez-Benito Heads to Penn Early
Blue Chip junior Jimena Rodriguez-Benito turns 17 in July, however she
has already turned the page on her high school career.
Rodriguez-Benito, who has taken classes through Laurel Springs for
nearly three years, has decided to graduate early and commit to
Penn - a year ahead of her graduation class.
Spring Signing Week '17: Sarianna Kuuttila is Excited to be a Spartan
Sarianna Kuuttila, who is best known on and off the court as
"Sara," has committed to the Michigan State Spartans for the
2017-18 season. The 5-Star recruit has decided to trade in the desert
for the cold beauty of East Lansing, Michigan, but the change is not
as surprising as it may seem.
Spring Signing Week '17: Commodores Land Meyer
Amanda Meyer wasn't sure tennis was the sport for her. The blue chip
recruit took her first lesson to please her parents and until last
year, playing at a top Division I school wasn't a certainty. But as
her results improved and her confidence grew, the 17-year-old
Floridian now marvels at what the sport has given her, including an
opportunity to play and study at Vanderbilt University.
Spring Signing Week '17: Ajai Shekhera Heads to UCSB
Ajai Shekhera is a park-bred player. He didn't begin his tennis
career at a country club. Nobody in his family had any experience with
the sport. Shekhera aspired to become a soccer star until two friends
invited him to hit with them at the local park courts. Nearly a decade
later, Shekhera's friends don't play tennis anymore, and he's going to
play tennis in college. The five-star from Campbell, Calif., has
committed to play at UC Santa Barbara.
Spring Signing Week '17: Riley McQuaid is an A&M Aggie
Riley McQuaid's resourcefulness, resilience and optimism have enabled
her to weather tough losses and injuries that beset top athletes.
McQuaid used those qualities when she was informed six days before the
Fall signing period that her scholarship offer had been withdrawn. She
was stunned, but she quickly regrouped - and her survival instincts
led her to College Station, Texas.
Spring Signing Week '17: Berdusco Decides on Pepperdine
Bradenton's Brian Berdusco turned three difficult losses into a huge
win. After first-round losses in main draw singles, consolation
singles, and doubles at the 2016 Winter Nationals, Berdusco gained
a new focus in his tennis. The win? Berdusco is excited to
announce his commitment to Pepperdine University for Fall 2017.
Spring Signing Week '17: Top Texan Shin Makes Cardinal Commitment
Throughout her entire college decision process, senior Blue Chip
recruit Janice Shin visited several of the country's top universities,
all of which have strong women's tennis teams and solid academic
reputations to match. But one school stood out for the top-ranked
player from Texas, and when she finally got the call with good news
from the coaches at Stanford, Shin announced that she would be joining
the Cardinal tennis team this fall.
Spring Signing Week '17: Hada Chang Signs With Denver
Hada Chang will soon become a Pioneer in the world of women's college
tennis. Chang, who hails from Trophy Club, Texas, signed a National
Letter of Intent last fall with the University of Denver Pioneers.
Spring Signing Week '17: Austin Barr Commits to Williams
Austin Barr is just the kind of the recruit any school would want. A
fierce competitor, Barr is a talented 5-Star recruit whose favorite
moments come in the team environment. An excellent student, Barr will
take his tennis talents from his home state of Ohio to Williams College
in the Northeast this Fall.
Countdown: Puerto Rican Standout is a Xavier Muskeeter
Unlike many of his top-ranked peers, Alejandro Rodriguez-Vidal opted
to train in Puerto Rico to hone his tennis. He spends his summers and
winter holidays in his home in Orlando, Florida, and hits the courts
sometimes, but he is mainly a product of Puerto Rican tennis. The plan
has worked well for him - the 5-Star senior recently committed to
Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Countdown: Lilienthal Commits to Cornell's Big Red
When it came to finalizing her decision on a college commitment,
senior 5-Star Recruit Cheyenne Lilienthal certainly had her pick of
some of the top universities in the country. After visiting all of the
Ivy League schools, the 17-year-old from Land O' Lakes, Fla., took her
time weighing her options before finally announcing that she would
commit to Cornell University's Big Red tennis team.
Countdown: Ysabel Gonzalez Rico finds the Right Fit at Emory
From starting to play tennis at the age of five, to ballgirl at the
French Open, then moving to the United States while in high school and
now committing to play her college tennis at Emory University, Miami's
Ysabel Gonzalez Rico has come a long way in a relatively short period
Countdown: Anchors Aweigh for Andrew Ton
The United States military improved Andrew Ton's life a generation
before he was born. So it's small wonder that Ton, a 5-Star
left-hander from Milpitas, Calif., has committed to attend the U.S.
Naval Academy and play tennis for the Midshipmen.
Countdown: Jacob Brumm to California
As a promising junior growing up in Southern California, Jacob Brumm
was content to play tournaments and work on his game. But when he
learned about college tennis, he became a huge fan and followed the
sport avidly. Now a Blue Chip senior, Brumm received attention of the
college coaches he was following. And last November, Brumm committed to
the University of California at Berkeley.
Countdown: Taylor Bridges Commits to the Wolfpack
Taylor Bridges, a top-50 national recruit from Mesa, Ariz., signed
with N.C. State and coach Simon Earnshaw in November. The Dent Tennis
Academy product is coming off a successful year where she reached the
singles finals of ITF events and had great success in doubles. TRN
talked with Bridges earlier this month about her goals for college
tennis, a time when she quit the sport, and her tennis trips to New
Zealand and Costa Rica.
Countdown: Katya Tabachnik Rides with the Broncos
Katya Tabachnik was carefully considering her options when she had a
breakthrough in her college recruiting process. She thought more about
where she would be happiest rather than choosing the best tennis or
academic program. The San Francisco native, chose to stay close to
home by committing to Santa Clara University. The Jesuit university
in the Silicon Valley provided the right mix of elements the five-star
recruit was seeking for her future.
Countdown: Crawford Headed to Florida
Growing up, Oliver Crawford played tennis, football, travel baseball
and basketball. It wasn't until age 12 that he played in his first
tennis tournament. Fast-forward five years and the 17-year-old
Spartanburg, South Carolina, teen is headed to the University of
Florida after signing a national letter-of-intent with the Gators.
Countdown: Talcott Signs with the Tribe
After being sidelined for several months with a back injury, Finbar
Talcott still remembers the feeling of the ball on his strings again
is something he will never forget. His appreciation for the game in
the years following that injury helped him achieve his goal of
committing to play college tennis. Talcott is excited to commit to
William & Mary for Fall 2017.
Sanford's Options: North Carolina or Pro Tennis
Blue Chip Alexandra Sanford decided long ago the school she wants
to attend, committing to the University of North Carolina in the fall
of her sophomore year. Now the 18-year-old from Westerville Ohio has
another choice to make - joining the Tar Heels this fall or pursuing
Michigan Bound: Jones to Join Wolverines
Blue Chip junior Alyvia Jones, who recently moved to Louisiana from
Michigan, starting seriously considering her college options in
January of her sophomore year. After looking at several top schools,
Jones found the perfect fit back in her home state, committing to join
the Wolverines in Fall of 2018.
Top Ten Senior Stephanie Schrage Commits to Princeton
Never mind that blue chip senior Stephanie Schrage has consistently
ranked number one in the USTA Girls Eastern Section in the 12s, 14s,
16s and 18s divisions - or that she is ranked in the top ten of the
senior class. Schrage lists high school tennis success as one of her
favorite accomplishments. The team player will get the chance to excel
for her college team next year - as a Princeton Tiger.
In Troubled Times, Tennis Creates Bridge with Atlanta Police
Officer Jarius Daugherty stands on the court, a racket in his hand and
a full complement of police equipment on his belt. At the moment,
however, he's just trying to keep the ball in play as he runs a tennis
drill for a bank of youngsters with varying tennis skills. Daugherty
isn't much of a player; he only recently picked up a racket at the
beginning of an 11-week program called Volleys Against Violence.
However, what he lacks in skill is more than made up for in
Fall Signing Week '16: Georgetown Gains 5-Star Recruits Lee, Ross
Next year, Georgetown University will field a strong roster that will
include the addition of two 5-Star Recruits - Connor Lee and Luke
Ross. Both young men have committed to joining the freshman class on
the Hoyas men's tennis team for Fall 2017. While the players will be
traveling from opposite ends of the country, they share a common goal
in taking the Georgetown team to the next level as teammates.
Fall Signing Week '16: Well-Traveled Gordon Returns Home
Seventeen-year-old Michaela Gordon has traveled the world for tennis
competition, playing all four junior slams as well as major events in
Europe, Asia and Central America. Yet when it came time to select a
college for the next step in her development, the blue chip from Los
Altos Hills California found what she needed in her backyard, at
Fall Signing Week '16: Sah Commits to Stanford
Blue Chip senior Timothy Sah is one of the top junior tennis players
in the country, and his results from this past summer back that up,
capturing the singles title at the USTA Southern California Sectionals
and reaching the quarterfinals in Kalamazoo. Next year, Sah will take
his game from San Diego up to Palo Alto - where he will compete for
the Stanford Cardinal.
Fall Signing Week '16: Chiu Heads to Dartmouth
During her 18 years on this Earth, Abigail Chiu's life journey has
taken her from Hong Kong to Austin, Texas. Next year, Chiu will make
yet another trip, to Hanover, New Hampshire. The talented Chiu will
become a member of the Dartmouth College women's tennis team.
Fall Signing Week '16: Turchetta Heads West to Stanford
The pressure to decide is always intense for a blue-chip athlete such
as Sam Turchetta. Numerous colleges reached out to him, and he
welcomed all of the options. But a school in California was always at
the top of the list.
Fall Signing Week '16: Wan Decides on Columbia
Christie Wan plans to study business in college, and that is
appropriate since she is all business on the tennis court. The
17-year-old 5-star blue chip prospect from Fullerton, Calif., has
spent the past two years at Sunny Hills High School after she
transferred from Whittier Christian High School. And today she is
excited to announce her decision to continue her career at Columbia
Fall Signing Week '16: Tsygura Commits to the Cavaliers
The Scott Brown connection again is reaping recruiting rewards for
men's college tennis' best team of the decade. With Brown, a former
Virginia assistant coach, as the matchmaker, Blue Chip 17-year-old
Kyrylo Tsygura of North Potomac, Md., has committed to play for the
Fall Signing Week '16: Rice Follows Mother's Footsteps to Arkansas
Add another legacy to the storied history of the University of
Arkansas as Blue Chip senior Tatum Rice of Lakeside High School in Hot
Springs, Ark., will stay in state and play tennis for Coach Michael
Hegarty at the U of A. While on the surface this may have seemed like
an easy and logical decision for the 17-year old right-hander, Rice
said it was a difficult choice.
Fall Signing Week '16: Colorado's Ross Commits to Dartmouth
It all started around the age of two for Casey Ross. He would walk
around with a special cut-down squash racket - swinging at balls. Ross
is now a 5-star senior, and he recently verbally committed to
Dartmouth because of its unique academic and athletic environment.
Countdown: Huryn - From Russia, With Love for Tennis
Aleks Huryn's journey to college tennis in Philadelphia, started
as a five-year old learning the sport from his mother, Sveta, in
Russia. When the five-star recruit graduates from high school this
spring, he said he couldn't be more excited to announce that he will
be a Penn Quaker.
Countdown: Norman Chooses the Dukes
As she shoots for the stars, Elizabeth Norman will take aim from
Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Norman, a well-traveled 5-Star recruit
who lives in Marietta, Georgia, committed in July to play for James
Madison University in Harrisonburg.
Countdown: Mendelsohn Rides the Waves
Max Mendelsohn likely would have committed to Pepperdine even if it
wasn't located in scenic Malibu. But as he gazed at the ocean
from the famous spot many coaches bring recruits, Mendelsohn's
decision came into greater focus. "I just fell in love and knew
it was the place I wanted to be," Mendelsohn said. "The view
doesn't hurt either."
Countdown: Alex Angyalosy Chooses the Red Raiders
Five-star recruit Alex Angyalosy from Boca Raton, Fla., has committed
to join the Texas Tech University women's tennis team. Angyalosy will
definitely delight Lady Red Raiders fans at the McLeod Tennis Center
with her all-around, counter-puncher style of play. But Angyalosy, an
honor student at the Florida Virtual School, also plans to pursue the
pre-medicine program at the northwestern Texas institution, located in
Countdown: Bruins Beckon Bolton
Elysia Bolton has nearly two years of junior tennis remaining, but the
16-year-old blue chip already knows the location of the next stage of
her career: the UCLA campus in Westwood.
Countdown: Illini to Welcome Brown
The Fighting Illini have nabbed one of the top players in the country
to join their team in 2017. Iowa's Alex Brown has announced he's
signing with the Orange and Blue.
Countdown: Van Alphen Stays Close to Home at USC
The phrase "beginner's luck" is often tossed around to
explain instances of surprising or unexpected success, but that term
does not seem appropriate to describe Sydney Van Alphen's winning
the first tennis tournament she ever entered. She has been a natural
since the beginning. That natural inclination helped her earn a college
scholarship to the USC Trojans for next Fall.
Countdown: Bernstine Follows Father, Chooses Hokies
When Chase Bernstine finished his first two seasons of tennis at
Goochland High School with a perfect record, recording two state
singles titles and a doubles title in the process, his teachers and
classmates thought he was going to go out and win the US Open. While
he hasn't done that yet, Bernstine has parlayed his on-court success
into a spot in Blacksburg, Va., next Fall at Virginia Tech.
Countdown: Georgia Snares Coppoc and Goulak
Georgia's academic and athletics reputation proved to be
irresistible to a pair of blue chips and have verbally embraced
the Bulldogs. Morgan Coppoc and Annette Goulak, who have played
successful doubles together, were delighted to have the opportunity to
play on the same college team.
Keegan Smith Stays Home at UCLA
Keegan Smith was considering taking visits to North Carolina,
Washington, Arizona State, Michigan and the University of San Diego.
But the blue-chip recruit never made the travel plans. He kept his
suitcase in the closet and committed to UCLA.
Kawai Will Play for Illini
After taking visits at schools from Texas to Pennsylvania, 18-year-old
Asuka Kawai has decided to play for the Fighting Illini, beginning in
the fall of 2017.
Top-Ranked Blumberg Chooses Carolina Blue
As he considered his options for college, Blue Chip William Blumberg
encountered a problem - every school he visited went to the top of his
list. Blumberg considered Duke, USC, Wake Forest, Stanford, Virginia
and North Carolina before finally paring his choice down to the
Cavaliers and Tar Heels. In the end, the nation's top-ranked senior
liked what he saw to UNC, and he plans to graduate early and join the
Tar Heels in January for the 2017 spring season.
Zhu Heads to UCLA
A program with the history and reputation of UCLA doesn't need a sales
force, yet Evan Zhu, who will join the Bruins this fall, found himself
surrounded by advocates for the school while in Southern California.
A trio of former UCLA stars - Nick Meister, Dan Kosakowski and Haythem
Abid - had practiced with, coached or competed against the
17-year-old, five-star recruit and were eager to see him in True Blue
Top Texan Chase Wood Chooses Florida State
"My parents always said that once your heart feels right, you'll
know it," said Chase Wood, referring to his college choice.
Wood's parents knew exactly what they were talking about as both
played collegiate tennis - mom for Tennessee and dad for Arkansas.
Taking into consideration his family's advice, athletic history and
his own goals, the 17-year-old blue chip recruit and top-ranked Texas
player verbally committed to Florida State University.
McNally's Path Leads Straight to Columbus
Born and raised an Ohio State football fan, John McNally always
expected to join the Buckeyes once it became clear his level of play
would allow him to compete for one of the nation's top programs.
Dismissing a brief temptation to look elsewhere, the 17-year-old blue
chip from Cincinnati has announced his commitment to Ohio State for
the fall of 2017.
JJ Wolf Stays Home at Ohio State
JJ Wolf's success in tennis was consistent, but the emotional
commitment to the game did not happen until recently. "I just
fell in love with tennis," Wolf said. "I didn't like
tennis that much until this past summer." Still a high school
junior, his newfound dedication and passion for tennis has him focused
on a pro career, but not before sharpening and maturing his game at
Spring Signing Week '16: Battaglia Joins the Bulldogs
After a stellar summer in 2015, Madison Battaglia's college recruiting
search got more complicated. Always interested in the academic
advantages of the Ivies, the 18-year-old from Cold Spring Harbor, New
York, considered the other offers she received, but when the time came
to make a decision, the blue chip relied on the experiences from her
official visit to New Haven to select Yale.
Spring Signing Week '16: Sean Hill Confident Selecting Wake Forest
Berkeley, Calif., is 5-star recruit, Sean Hill's home for now, but not
for long. After narrowing his list, Hill said he made not a quick, but
a calculated decision to continue his tennis career by playing college
tennis at Wake Forest.
Spring Signing Week '16: Shelby Groeneveld Chooses the Sea Lions
To some teenagers the idea of choosing a college more than 2,500 miles
from home might be a little unsettling. That's not the case at all for
Shelby Groeneveld. Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
Groeneveld will be switching coasts this fall when the 17-year-old
Calvary Christian Academy senior walks on the campus at Point Loma
Nazarene University in San Diego and shortly after that takes the
court for the Sea Lions.
Spring Signing Week '16: Tiffany Huber Picks the Cards
Five-star senior Tiffany Huber has graduated from high school, and she
is ready to enter the highly-competitive world of college tennis.
Huber, who has lived in Boca Raton, Fla., for the past four years,
considered a number of schools from the Big Ten, Big 12, and
Southeastern Conferences. Today, Huber announces that she will become
a member of the University of Louisville Cardinals women's tennis team
Spring Signing Week '16: Alhogbani Chooses the Cavaliers
If Five-star senior Ammar Alhogbani has his way, soccer won't dominate
sports conversation in his homeland of Saudi Arabia. People will be
talking about tennis - and his role in it. Alhogbani and his family
live in Alexandria, Va., just more than a two-hour drive from the
reigning NCAA champions at the University of Virginia. Alhogbani is
excited to announce his commitment to the Cavaliers, who are seeking
their third team crown in four years.
Spring Signing Week '16: Guns Up for Jackson Cobb
Texas Tech coach Brett Masi grabbed himself an old school commitment
when he convinced Jackson Cobb to leave Austin for Lubbock.
Countdown: Ty Gentry Stays Close to Home at Oregon
Ty Gentry is a natural talent, and even without his discipline to be
exceptional, his athleticism and raw power would be anything but
ordinary. Gentry's experienced coaches describe him as one of the best
junior athletes they have worked with. Next year, the Blue Chip
recruit and two-sport athlete will bring his six-foot-five frame to
Eugene to play college tennis for the University of Oregon.
Countdown: Bocchi Brings a 'World' of Experience to UMass
While most incoming college freshmen, especially those embarking on a
journey that includes being a student, athlete face an adjustment
period when it comes to academics, athletics and social matters.
4-Star recruit Martina Bocchi feels she's ahead of the curve as she
heads to Amherst, Mass. The daughter of an Italian diplomat, Bocchi
has lived on three different continents while developing her game
before committing to the University of Massachusetts.
Countdown: Ambrozy Joins Lions' Lair
Adam Ambrozy took his fifth official recruiting visit last fall to
ensure he had left no stone unturned. Both Columbia and the blue chip
recruit benefitted from that decision, when, just days after his trip
to the New York City campus, Ambrozy committed to the Lions.
Countdown: Jayson Fung Crossing the Country for Amherst
Jayson Fung started his college search by looking at several Division
I programs. The more he explored his opportunities, the more Fung
realized he needed to expand his options. Although Fung wanted to
play for a highly-competitive tennis program, he wanted a more
balanced college experience. The five-star recruit began focusing on
the Division III level, and found the perfect match at Amherst College
Countdown: Christina Rosca Commits to the Commodores
Throughout her junior career, Christina Rosca has become quite the
recognized athlete around New Jersey, reaching the top of the rankings
in her home state and cracking the top 25 on the national level. It is
no surprise that she also caught the eye of several prominent
collegiate coaches. Rosca decided this past fall to join the
Vanderbilt women's tennis team later this year in Nashville.
Countdown: Robert Levine a Blue Chip Blue Devil
Most blue-chip recruits get ready for college tennis by playing each
other at nationals such as Kalamazoo or ITF junior events. Blue Chip
senior Robert Levine of Bedford, N.Y., has taken a different route -
playing almost exclusively in ITF Futures pro tournaments, grinding
through qualifying in Texas, Florida, the Dominican Republic and
Canada. He has had some strong results - which helped him commit to
Duke University for Fall 2016.
Countdown: Isabella Lorenzini Commits to the Wolverines
Five-star recruit Isabella Lorenzini of Clarendon Hills, Ill., will
continue to compete over the next year for her Hinsdale Central High
School girls tennis team. The junior captured the Illinois High School
Association Singles Championships in 2015 after placing second two
previous years - and she has played on three state championship
teams. But, in the fall of 2017 Lorenzini will head to Ann Arbor,
Mich., and become a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines.
Ten Questions with Les Petits As Champion Stefan Leustian
Fourteen-year-old Stefan Leustian reached the third round of the
Junior Orange Bowl in December, one of the few times he had competed
against international players. In the six weeks that followed, the
Northern California resident began to post increasingly impressive
results, both in the United States and in Europe. Colette Lewis caught
up with Leustian at the USTA National Spring Team Championships - talking
with him about his recent performance, his titles, and more ...
Blue Chip Senior Ashley Lahey Rides the Waves
Blue Chip senior Ashley Lahey of Hawthorne, Calif., has demonstrated
her resilience. After reaching singles finals at both the Easter Bowl
and Hard Court Nationals in 2013, Lahey suffered injruies that plagued
her throughout 2014 and the beginning of 2015. But she worked hard to
make a comeback, and her results and ranking climbed ascended quickly
over the past year. Today, Lahey is excited to commit to Pepperdine
University for Fall 2016.
Surrounded by Tennis, Jones Blossoms
Tennis takes hold early in Midland, the longtime home of February's
Dow Corning Tennis Classic. Known for its community outreach and the
local schoolchildren who arrive by the busload for early round
matches, the tournament has been an integral part of the small
Michigan city's sports scene for nearly three decades. Colette Lewis
of ZooTennis.com talks with fifteen-year-old Alyvia Jones, a blue chip
recruit who lives in Midland, about her game as well as her experiences
growing up in a tennis town.
A Conversation with Raveena Kingsley
Seventeen-year-old Raveena Kingsley made several important decisions
last fall. The No. 1 recruit in the Tennis Recruiting Network's Class
of 2016 decided to stop playing junior tennis after the US Open, and
selected LSU for her collegiate career. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com
talked with Kingsley about her recent results, her college decision,
her introduction to the game, her preparation when facing a new
opponent and the pro players she admires.
Blue Chip Senior Gaby Pollner Chooses the Tigers
Ever since she first moved to Boca Raton, Fl., five years ago to
develop her tennis, Westchester, N.Y., native Gaby Pollner has built a
strong junior career résumé that includes appearances at
two junior Grand Slams and a career-high ITF ranking inside the top
130. And now that she is taking the next step into a college career,
the Blue Chip recruit has announced that she will return to her
northern roots this fall and play for the Princeton Tigers.
Blue Chip Senior Jessica Livianu Commits to St. John's
Blue chip senior Jessica Livianu received more than 75 letters from
Division I colleges across the country. While she appreciated each
one, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native focused on schools in the northeast.
After narrowing her list to St. John's, Columbia, and Penn, she took a
visit to St. John's that blew her away - and she recently committed to
Head Coach Lauren Leo and the Red Storm.
15-Year-Old Trent Bryde Wins ATP Qualie Match in Atlanta
Sitting in the restaurant of his training facility, Trent Bryde coolly
answered a series of questions about the best week of his young tennis
life. Bryde was only 15 last July when he won the BB&T Atlanta
Open Wild Card Challenge, earning entry into the ATP World Tour 250
qualifying event over a host of seasoned college players. Adding to
Bryde's stunning success was a first-round qualie victory over
33-year-old ATP World Tour pro Catalin-Ionut Gard.
Bucknell Is In His Blood
Even though Senior Max Palmer moved to Houston right before he started
high school, he always knew he would come back to his native Northeast
for college. Palmer prefers training and playing on indoor courts - a
necessary mainstay for northeastern schools. Playing on the fast
courts allows him to maximize his talents - and it also forces him to
work on staying a bit more patient. With that in mind, Palmer recently
committed to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania for Fall 2016.
Fall Signing Week '15: Mack Galvin Flies with the Falcons
When it comes to choosing a college, all students must choose
wisely, putting every consideration into one of the most important
decisions of their life. This is even truer for a tennis player who
has to consider the team he'll be playing and practicing with all the
time. That choice becomes even more of a commitment when you choose to
attend the United States Air Force Academy. Mack Galvin never took
Fall Signing Week '15: Sophia Adams Goes Spartan
Sophia Adams once visited North Carolina for a wedding. She liked it
so much that she's going back to play tennis there. That's how a
Miami girl became the latest tennis recruit for UNC-Greensboro.
Fall Signing Week '15: Jenna Friedel Heading to Cambridge
The initial plan was to make several visits to see colleges. But
Jenna Friedel canceled the rest of her itinerary after only one stop.
She didn't need any more campus tours. The blue chip senior knew
Harvard University was the one.
Fall Signing Week '15: Fighting Irish Bet on Gamble
Playing his first tournament at 9 years old in his hometown of
Webster, New York, Matthew Gamble was disappointed in his 8-0 defeat.
Gamble continued with tennis, choosing it as his only sport at age 14
- developing a booming forehand and an aggressive style of play that
has earned him a top-15 ranking throughout high school. And today,
Gamble announces his commitment to play college tennis at the
University of Notre Dame.
Fall Signing Week '15: Blue Chip Emma Higuchi is a Cardinal
Recruiting interest was high on Emma Higuchi, whose
résumé includes titles at the Easter Bowl and National
Clay Courts, silver and bronze USTA balls, and World Juniors
participant. Higuchi took her time and visited a number of schools
this year before eventually deciding to take the five-hour drive north
from her home in Los Angeles to Stanford University.
Fall Signing Week '15: Hady Habib Heads to Texas A&M
Hady Habib, a Blue Chip senior who hails from Houston, is regarded as
a tenacious tennis player who will bring explosive energy and a huge
forehand with him to college. Wanting to stay in the Lone Star State,
Habib strongly considered Baylor and Texas before ultimately deciding
to join Steve Denton's squad at Texas A&M University.
Fall Signing Week '15: Kenya Jones Chooses the Jackets
To say that Kenya Jones is constantly looking for an opportunity is an
understatement. Whether it's an opportunity to learn in school,
advance her tennis career, think ahead to a possible internship or
maybe even choose to excel in multiple sports, Jones is game. This
fall, Jones weighed all the options and opportunities that were
presented to her as she decided to accept a tennis scholarship to play
for Coach Rodney Harmon and Georgia Tech.
Fall Signing Week '15: Madison Tedford Joins the Frogs
Last Fall, Madison Tedford was a mess. Her legs were hurting from what
turned out to be a shin fracture, which led to her forehand breaking
down. But after some time off from competitive tennis and revisiting
the fundamentals with her coaches at TBarM Tennis, Tedford is playing
the best tennis of her life. The Four-star senior recently made her
college decision as well - heading to Texas Christian University in
Fort Worth, Texas.
Fall Signing Week '15: Hoffmann Stays Close to Home at Cal
Elite Southern California tennis players looking to play at the
college level have a built-in advantage - they can keep their search
fairly close to home. Bjorn Hoffmann is a lifelong Southern
Californian who went this route - making only a handful of unofficial
visits before deciding to make a verbal commitment to the University
of California at Berkeley.
Countdown: Georgia Finds Stars Close to Home
It didn't take Georgia coach Manny Diaz too long to find one of his
recruits for the 2016-17 season. Maybe a shout down the hall of his
Athens, Ga., home was enough to snag the second of his sons for the
team. In addition to his youngest son Alex, two other top recruits
from the South - Alex Phillips and Robert Loeb - are also slated to
become Bulldogs in Fall 2016.
Countdown: Zoë Spence Joins the Irish
From the tournament she helped originate in West Africa, to
numerous countries she has visited to play on the International Tennis
Federation circuit, Zoë Spence is well-traveled even by junior tennis
standards. When next summer arrives, though, she'll settle at a place
she and her family know extremely well: Notre Dame.
Countdown: Fighting Illini Claim Clark
Zeke Clark's competitive fire made the Oklahoma resident one of the
nation's top recruits. Although several Big 12 schools closer to home
were in the picture, the Big Ten's University of Illinois won the
battle for the 17-year-old from Tulsa, who will join the Fighting
Illini in the fall of 2016.
Countdown: Horton Stays Close to Home at Coker
As a kid, Hunter Horton attended tennis camps at the Coker College
campus and sparked a connection with the coaches over the years. It
was that personal connection with the school - and a new friendship
with his future teammates - that Horton said made it a clear choice
for his collegiate career.
Countdown: Cao Twins are Bound for Memphis
The college search for four-star identical twins Josephine and
Katherine Cao began and ended in Memphis, Tennessee. Hoping to get
acquainted with various colleges and tennis coaches at the 2015
National Clay Courts, the Cao sisters were separately approached by
coaches from the University of Memphis. A short while later, the
sisters happily gave their verbal commitments to the Tigers.
Countdown: Bojczuk Heads to Notre Dame
Blue Chip junior Ally Bojczuk played most sports growing up, but nothing
compared to tennis. She first walked on a court at age 8, and she loved
to play even when she couldn't rally. She set to hard work and
steadily improved to where she is a top player in the nation in both singles
and doubles. Fast forward to today - where the top recruit is committing
to a certain school in South Bend, Indiana...
Countdown: Kaden Funk Headed to Penn
Five-star senior Kaden Funk has had a great run in junior tennis.
Playing in the tennis-rich state of Florida, he has numerous wins over
current college players, and he won the Class 4A state championship
as a sophomore. Next year, Funk will take his tennis talents and
his strong academic skills to the Ivy League and the University of
Countdown: Coffman Chooses Dallas Baptist
Three-star recruit Madeline Coffman is a well-traveled young lady.
Coffman played tennis her freshman year of high school in Houston, her
sophomore year in Purcellville, Va., and finally, in her current home
of Flower Mound, Texas. Starting in January, Coffman will have to
travel only 30 miles to Dallas, Texas, where she plans to become a
member of the Dallas Baptist University women's tennis team.
Countdown: Maria Smith Heads to Berkeley
Maria Smith, who has spent short stretches over the past few years in
the Golden State for tennis training, will call California home for
the next four years, starting in January 2016. The senior from
Houston, Texas, is graduating a semester early and will join the
Golden Bears of the University of California, Berkeley.
Countdown: Goulak Heads to UC Davis
The UC Davis men's tennis program was the first to contact David
Goulak during the recruiting period, but it was his visit to the
campus that pushed it to the top of his list. "I just felt like I
was wanted, and they made me feel that way more than any other school
that I visited," said Goulak. The 5-star recruit from Oak Park,
Calif., native has verbally committed to the Aggies.
Countdown: Bihel Has 'Golden' Opportunity with Gophers
Top USTA Midwest recruit Karyna Bihel has been playing tennis since
the age of four, but she only started thinking about the possibility
of playing college tennis last summer after reaching the quarterfinals
of a Midwest Closed tournament. After careful consideration and an
official visit, Bihel committed to play tennis at the University of
Minnesota next Fall.
Countdown: Howells Chooses the Irish
William Howells wanted to find a college with a good athletic
reputation. He wanted to find a college with a strong academic
background. But Howells also wanted something more. He believes he
found it at the University Of Notre Dame.
Countdown: Favero Has a Cavalier Attitude
Want to spend time with Camille Favero? Take a number. The 17-year-old
senior maintains a 4.2 grade point average, is a classically trained
violinist, volunteers with special needs children, and is a Blue Chip
senior. Next year, Favero will head to Charlottesville, Va., to join
Mark Guilbeau and his Virginia Cavaliers.
Pietro Rimondini Commits to the Big Red
Blue Chip senior Pietro Rimondini is originally from Italy. The
Rimondini family moved to the United States when he was ten years old
for better tennis and educational opportunities. The talented
17-year-old from Boca Prep International School has committed to
Cornell University where he will continue his tennis career.
Lane Leschly Heads to Harvard
Tennis runs in Lane Leschly's blood. His grandfather, Jan, achieved a
world ranking of No. 10 in 1967, and his father, Mark, who is also
Lane's coach, competed for Harvard. Recently, the Blue Chip senior
committed to the Crimson over a host of other top schools - joining
Head Coach Dave Fish who had coached his father nearly thirty years
Alex Rybakov Chooses TCU
Blue chip Alex Rybakov, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2015, had
expected to bypass college and jump directly to the pro tour. But this
summer, the 18-year-old Floridian decided to investigate the college
route, which led to his selection of TCU as the program best suited to
help him prepare for a professional career.
Ten Questions with World Junior No. 1 Taylor Fritz
Just over two years ago, Taylor Fritz played his first International
Tennis Federation junior tournament, the Claremont Grade 4, which is
within driving distance of his San Diego area home. Last month, after
reaching the French Open boys final, where he lost to Tommy Paul in
the first all-American final in that tournament's history, Fritz took
over the No. 1 spot in the ITF junior rankings. Colette Lewis of
ZooTennis.com caught up with Fritz at Wimbledon.
Jada Hart Commits to the UCLA Bruins for Spring 2016
Once the idea of playing college tennis became a more viable option,
Jada Hart went through a methodical process of searching for the right
program. The 17-year-old Blue Chip recruit from Colton, Calif.,
naturally explored colleges close to those of her Southern California
home in addition to looking at a few top universities on the East
Coast. In the end, the opportunity to play for the UCLA Bruins and
stay in Southern California was too good to pass up.
Coppoc Commits to Georgia
Even though she just completed her sophomore year of high school,
Morgan Coppoc has already made her college plans. The 16-year-old
Coppoc, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently gave her verbal commitment to
the University of Georgia. The Blue Chip athlete will graduate high
school in 2017.
Jake DeVine was playing the best tennis of his life when he first felt
a twinge in his back in November 2013. That twinge led to a 14-month
layoff for the 17-year-old Californian, but now healthy and competing
again, he will join the Southern Californian Trojans this fall.
Gators Suit Neel
Sixteen-year-old Ingrid Neel moved from Minnesota to Florida three
years ago to train at the IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton. Ranked No.
2 in the class of 2016, Neel now considers herself a Floridian, a
mindset that led her to verbally commit to the University of Florida
Spring Signing Week '15: State Champion Otero Picks Penn State
Five-star senior Oliver Otero has been a major contributor to high
school championship teams in two states. As a freshman in
Winston-Salem, Otero competed for the Reynolds Demons when they won the
2012 North Carolina state crown - and, after moving to Coconut Grove,
Fla., he helped the Coral Gables Senior HS Cavaliers win a championship
in Florida. Otero will bring that track record to State College, Pa.,
next year when he competes for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Spring Signing Week '15: Urbinati Announces Commitment to Boston College
Deciding on a college can be a difficult and stressful process, as
senior 5-Star Recruit Jacqueline Urbinati has learned when she had
several great schools on her list. But after taking one look at the
campus at Boston College, meeting the coaches and seeing a couple
familiar faces on the team, Urbinati was convinced, and she has
announced her commitment to the Eagles team beginning this fall.
Spring Signing Week '15: Illinois State Champ Eddie Grabill to Dartmouth
Five-star senior Eddie Grabill is a coach's dream - he is an excellent
individual player, but also the consummate team player. Grabill helped
his high school win the Illinois state championships, including his
doubles title in 2013 and the singles title in 2014. In December 2014
Grabill committed to play for Dartmouth College in Hanover, New
Spring Signing Week '15: Alexis Nelson from Twin Cities Heads West
With many tennis players committing early, Blue Chip junior Alexis
Nelson got an early jump on the college recruiting game. Her junior
year not quite over, Nelson has made a verbal commitment to play for
the University of California, Berkeley, in Fall 2016.
Spring Signing Week '15: Alexander Keyser Commits to Columbia
At the start of his college search, Alexander Keyser did not have
Columbia University. on the list of schools he considered attending.
By the end, it was his top choice. The San Ramon Valley High junior
has verbally committed to play for the Lions.
Spring Signing Week '15: Zalewski Commits to the Demon Deacons
Joanna Zalewski didn't start playing tennis until she was 11. Until
then, her favorite sport was fencing. She played her first tennis
tournament at 12, and she won it. Zalewski is coached primarily by her
parents, who never played much tennis themselves, and attends a public
school. That is not the usual path for a Top-20 recruit, but Zalewski
has made it work. Today, Zalewski kicks off our Signing Day Coverage
by announcing her college choice...
Spring Signing Week '15: Pomona Power - Kim Signs with Sagehens
There were no fancy academies or marathon practices. There were no
10-and-under tournaments or tennis camps. Instead, Joy Kim of Van
Nuys, Calif., took a slow and steady approach on her road to a college
tennis career. Her story culminated during her junior year when -
after making eight unofficial trips to various schools - she decided
on Pomona College in nearby Claremont.
Countdown: Jacqueline Carr Commits to the Herd
Much of America learned about Huntington, W.Va., and its most
prominent university via the movie "We Are Marshall." Jacqueline
"Jackie" Carr has decided to experience it fully. Carr, a Five-Star
recruit from Rogers, Ark., committed to the Thundering Herd last fall.
Countdown: Morgan Stone Heads to Santa Clara
Going to University of Georgia Bulldog Tennis Camp for the first time
at age nine was the catalyst behind Morgan Stone's realization that he
wanted to play college tennis one day. Even though he was born and
raised in Atlanta, his family has many California connections. Theose
connections helped bring Stone to the West Coast - he has committed to
play college tennis at Santa Clara University.
Countdown: Toledo Commits to Iowa State
It didn't take long for Claudia Toledo to settle on a college
destination. She decided to attend Iowa State University after just
one visit in early November. She connected with the coaches -
Armando Espinosa and Chris Williams - and loved the what the school
and tennis program have to offer.
Countdown: Yangeng Jiang Continues Journey at Bowdoin
Few tennis players in the class of 2015 have traveled a longer road to
becoming a four-star recruit than Yangeng Jiang of Pennington, N.J.
The story of Yangeng - who recently committed to academically renowned
Division III school Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine - begins in
his native China, where he was a promising junior tennis player in a
country that is only recently making an impact on the sport worldwide.
Countdown: Reto Heads to Melbourne and Florida Tech
Alahna Reto of Plano, Texas, has signed the National Letter of Intent
with Florida Tech, an NCAA Division II institution. Reto, a four-star
recruit, had a number of reasons for wanting to become a member of the
Panthers women's tennis team next fall. In addition to wanting to make
an impact on the college tennis world, the 5-foot-7 right-hander also
likes the biomedical engineering program.
Countdown: Sameer Kumar Heads to the Cardinal
Navigating the college recruiting process can be a confusing endeavor
for even the most well-informed families. Sameer Kumar was fortunate
enough to have a trial run with his older brother, Mihir, who plays
for Northwestern. The younger Kumar applied the lessons he learned in
his own decision process, and the Carmel, Indiana, resident decided on
Stanford over an impressive of other schools.
Countdown: Rutledge Goes East to Join Demon Deacons
Texan Eric Rutledge's two major choices - which sport and which
college - came several years apart, with his decision to sign with
Wake Forest the easier of the two.
Countdown: Allie Sanford Commits to the Rebels
Come this fall, Allie Sanford of Phoenix, Ariz., will trade cacti for
magnolias and azaleas - as she becomes a member of Coach Mark Beyers'
Ole Miss Women's tennis team. For Sanford, it's a relief knowing she is going to her top choice
Countdown: Chris Jones Heads East to Tufts
18-year-old Chris Jones embraces competition on the tennis court. Now
a senior at Greenhill School in the Dallas suburb of Addison, Jones
has emerged as a top junior player in Texas, and the 3-star recruit is
looking forward to continuing his tennis career as a collegian this
coming fall at Tufts University.
Countdown: Erica Oosterhout Commits to the Crimson
As a young child exploring different sports, Erica Oosterhout was
confident she would play one in college. The challenging part would be
choosing the sport and the university. Eventually, tennis became
the sport Oosterhout embraced exclusively. Not long after that college
programs began taking notice and one of those programs, Harvard,
became the university she would choose.
Kevakian Commits to the Columbia Lions
For five years Andrea Kevakian managed to keep up her blue chip status
while successfully completing the rigorous academic requirements of
Flintridge Preparatory School. There was little hesitation on her part
when she was offered the opportunity to play for Columbia University,
where the Californian will pursue an even more demanding academic and
athletic schedule in Fall 2015.
A Conversation with Caroline Dolehide
Sixteen-year-old Caroline Dolehide is hardly unknown to junior tennis
fans in the United States. The Hinsdale, Illinois, resident has been
in the top six of the Tennis Recruiting Network's 2017 class since
entering the rankings as a 6th-grader. But her stock went up on the
international scene after reaching the semifinals of the US Open
Juniors. Colette Lewis caught up with Dolehide after her wildcard
appearance in Midland.
Daavettila Chooses Carolina Blue
Her homework complete, blue chip Sara Daavettila embarked on a road
trip to explore several schools she was interested in attending. The
journey proved worthwhile when the Williamston, Michigan, high school
junior stepped onto North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus, sensing
immediately it was the place for her.