Move to Division I Helped Stratakos Pick UC San Diego
UC San Diego is officially becoming a Division I program next month and joining the Big West Conference. That helped convince Monica Stratakos to sign with the Tritons. The four-star from Saratoga, California will be a freshman this fall.
De Luna Stays Local By Committing to Incarnate Word
Noah De Luna loves living in San Antonio, and wanted to play college tennis in front of his family and friends. The four-star Class of 2020 recruit will get the chance after committing to Incarnate Word.
Tulane Commitment Has a Friendly Benefit For Four-Star Theis
Brooke Theis first learned about Tulane when her close friend was being recruited to the university. The two will become teammates in 2021 when Theis joins the team. The four-star junior from Illinois has committed to the Mean Green.
After Virtual Visits and Research, Chakladar Chooses MIT
Sundeep Chakladar wasn't able to take any official visits once the coronavirus pandemic shut down all travel. The four-star senior from Redondo Beach, California still did his homework on multiple colleges and decided going across the country to MIT was the right option.
Crawfishing and Tennis Are a Way of Life For LSU-Bound Koch
Ben Koch grew up on his grandfather's crawfish and rice farm in Louisiana. His mother, Emily, a former college tennis player, is a crawfish farmer. Koch is staying close to the family farm for college. The blue chip senior has signed with LSU.
Asokumar Recovers From Illness to Reach College Tennis Goals
Arjun Asokumar was told he may never play competitive tennis again after suffering from a brain illness at age 13. Not only did he recover, he made the long climb back to five-star status. The Chicago native has committed to Johns Hopkins.
Determination Helps Five-Star Collins Reach Fresno State
Karl Collins was willing to travel nearly an hour on public transportation to get to training every day. The dedication was rewarded when the five-star senior from Richmond, California signed with Fresno State.
Blue Chip Rapolu Makes An Early Jump to Join Texas
Malaika Rapolu is graduating a year early to join the Texas program in the fall. The blue chip from Cedar Park, Texas wants to take advantage of the better training available with the Longhorns as she pursues her goal of playing professionally.
Five-Star Heuser Changes Direction, Picks Hometown Illinois
Megan Heuser thought she wanted to leave home to attend college outside of the Big Ten Conference footprint. But after the five-star junior visited Illinois, she realized staying in state to play for the Illini was the best option.
Four-Star Phillips Gets GameDay Treatment At Dayton
Davis Phillips made his official visit to Dayton when ESPN's GameDay crew was on campus for a Flyers men's basketball game. The support he saw helped the four-star junior from South Carolina determine Dayton was the right place to commit for college.
Gillinov Extends Family Tradition By Committing to Yale
Nicole Gillinov is set to become teammates with her big sister once again after committing to Yale. The five-star senior from Ohio is extending a family tradition by attending the Ivy League school. Her father is also a graduate.
Blue Chip Cooksey Opts For Maize and Blue
Blue chip Will Cooksey grew up as a University of Michigan fan, so his recent verbal commitment to the program is hardly a surprise. The 16-year-old from Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan will be the third generation in his family to attend Michigan.
Blue Chip Broadus Rides Early Wave with Pepperdine Commitment
Savannah Broadus was already leaning towards committing to Pepperdine, but her decision was expedited because of the coronavirus pandemic. The blue chip junior wanted to ensure she had scholarship money and a roster spot for 2021.
Five-Star Derek Hsieh Selects University of Chicago
As a five-star recruit, New Jersey’s Derek Hsieh drew interest from many Division I programs. But the 17-year-old high school senior wanted to emphasize the academic side of the recruiting equation, which led him to verbally commit to Division III’s University of Chicago.
Robotic Tennis: McCandless Ready for all Caltech Has to Offer
Kyle McCandless had good options close to home to puruse his love of engineering and tennis. But the four-star senior from Massachusetts wanted to find a sunnier location for college and chose to commit to Caltech.
Four-Star Landreth Gets Surprise Offer From Ragin' Cajuns
Grant Landreth wasn't sure what to expect when he met Louisiana head coach Mark Jeffrey for coffee. The four-star senior from Lafayette got an early Christmas gift and a chance to fulfill a childhood dream with the Ragin' Cajuns.
Spencer Ready for New Experiences at Saint Louis University
Mya Spencer wanted to get away from home and sign with a program that could offer her a great financial package. She found both at Saint Louis University. The four-star senior has signed with the Billikens.
Persistence Helped Loudermilk Finally Connect with UConn
Nicholas Loudermilk decided to take another shot and email UConn again after hearing there were changes on the coaching staff. He finally got a response and arranged an official visit. The four-star senior from Anderson, South Carolina loved the school, and has committed.
Barrow Finds The Right Fit Is Close To Home At Mercer
There is no tournament Samuel Barrow doesn't look forward to playing. He plans months in advanced and counts down the days. His weekends will soon be filled with college matches as the four-star senior is staying close to home to attend Mercer.
Unexpected Visit Results in Texas Tech Commitment For Evans
Kailey Evans didn't plan to visit Texas Tech during her college recruiting process. But once the blue chip junior did, she realized she wanted to play for the Red Raiders and made a verbal commitment.
Sacrifices Makes Iowa Commitment Even Sweeter for Weiss
Her family would drive 20 hours to tournaments, sleep in their caravan and work multiple jobs to help Oliva Weiss achieve her goals in tennis. The four-star junior from Michigan saw one reward come through earlier this year when she committed to Iowa.
Friendly Recommendation Leads Brady to Marquette
Ian Brady listened to his trainer's advice and decided to learn more about Marquette and head coach Steve Rodecap. The four-star senior from Indianapolis liked what he learned, and has committed to the Golden Eagles.
Pratt's Persistence Leads to Northwestern
When five-star recruit Sydney Pratt was growing up in Chicago, she occasionally participated in tournaments at the Northwestern University campus. But playing for the Wildcats seemed an unattainable dream as she entered high school. That is no longer the case.
Columbia Hits All the Right Notes For Five-Star Ruger
Henry Ruger is more than just a tennis player. The five-star from Philadelphia also sings in the Keystone State Boychoir and has traveled around the world to perform. Ruger is taking his diverse interests to Columbia, where he will play in the fall.
Chaudhary Achieves Goal of Signing with Stanford
Aryan Chaudhary's top choice for college was always Stanford. The blue chip Bay Area native wanted to stay close to home and represent the Cardinal. He'll get his chance next fall after signing with Stanford.
Blue Chip Coleman Commits To Blue Devils
After taking her official visits last fall, Ellie Coleman was still mulling her college choice. The 16-year-old high school junior believed there was too much at stake to rush her decision, so it wasn’t until last month that blue chip verbally committed to Duke.
Krug Twins Double Their Commitment to Duke
Connor and Jake Krug knew they wanted to attend college together and prolong their successful doubles career. The blue chip juniors had visited Duke many times to watch college basketball games, and fell in love with what the tennis program had to offer. They committed to Duke in December.
Longhorns, Likely Short Stay: Blue Chip Stearns Picks Texas
Peyton Stearns intends to play college tennis for one year before pursuing a full-time professional career. The blue chip senior from Mason, Ohio felt Texas provided the best package to fit her needs. She has committed to the Longhorns.
Hernandez Set to Become First in Her Family to Attend College
Sayda Hernandez used tennis to achieve her educational dreams. Once the five-star senior arrives at Indiana in the fall, she will become the first in her family to attend college. Hernandez wants to be a role model for her siblings.
Five-Star Mikeal Carpenter Could Be Program-Changing Recruit
Rather than sign with a bigger program, Mikeael Carpenter decided to stay close home at Morgan State. The five-star senior from Maryland has known Morgan State head coach Matt Townes his entire life and feels comfortable at the HBCU in Baltimore.
Selby's College Goals Take a New Direction with CMS
Sena Selby grew up dreaming about playing pro tennis or joining a Division I program. But as she began looking at colleges, she realized Division III was a better fit for her aspirations. The four-star from New York has committed to play for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
The Next Big Stage for Four-Star French is RPI
Tennis isn't the only passion for John French. The four-star senior from Raleigh, North Carolina also performs in school plays and sings in the choir. He found a college program that supported his diversity. French has committed to RPI.
Blue Chip Neal Works Hard to Earn Opportunity at Yale
Mature beyond his years, it was no surprise to his coaches that Luke Neal committed to Yale early. The blue chip junior from Northern California has become an example to other players at local clinics for his hard work and dedication.
Moss Receives Friendly Welcome at Washington and Lee
Gabriela Moss was interested in Washington and Lee University for its strong academics and tennis program. But once she got on campus, she discovered a few traditions that made her feel even more welcome. The four-star from Arizona has committed to the Division III program.
Zukic Discovers Home Away From Home at Western Michigan
Nejla Zukic could have stayed close to home and gone to Louisville, where her high school campus is located. But she wanted to gain some independence, and found a home away from home at Western Michigan. The four-star senior signed with the Broncos last month.
Four-Star Elizabeth Yu Bowed Over By Bowdoin
Elizabeth Yu was impressed when Bowdoin hired Ben Lamanna to take over the women's program. She made a visit to Maine, and realized she loved everything else about the school. The four-star senior from New Jersey is announcing her commitment to Bowdoin.
Bentz Leaves Comfort Zone by Choosing Erskine
Emma Bentz thought about playing it safe and attending college very close to home. But the three-star senior from Georgia decided to expand her horizons a bit by signing to play for Division II Erskine in South Carolina.
X Marks the Spot for Five-Star Imani Graham
Imani Graham's recruitment to Xavier was unlike anything head coach Doug Matthews had ever experienced. The dream scenario became a reality for the Musketeers when the five-star senior from Florida signed with the program last month.
Cadeau Drawn to Howard and Benefits of HBCUs
Attending an HBCU wasn't a requirment for Justin Cadreau. But once he visited Howard University, the three-star from New Jersey realized how much the school had to offer. Cadreau fulfilled a lifelong goal by signing with Howard this week.
Go West Young Man: Opaciuch Chooses UC Riverside
Eric Opaciuch made his final three visits within a few days of each other to get a more accurate comparison. The four-star senior from Florida chose the only West Coast school on the list, committing to UC Riverside. His father also attended a UC school.
Columbia Stands Out for Ravichander
Ishaan Ravichander took as many visits as possible during his recruiting process. The blue chip senior from New Jersey didn't want to overlook any options. He found everything he was looking for at Columbia University, and made his commitment in October.
Flach Works to Earn SEC Opportunity at Auburn
Adeline Flach wasn't high on the recruiting radar once her family returned from living France after her sophomore year of high school. But the five-star senior from Georgia worked hard to gain notice from college coaches, including Auburn. Flach is signing with the Tigers.
Middleton Values Family Feel at Arizona
Jett Middleton gained perspective on the importance of family after his sister died of a drug overdose. The five-star senior wanted to find a college program that made him feel at home, and Arizona was the best fit. Middleton will be signing with the Wildcats.
Coaching Collegiality Leads Semenovski to Wisconsin
Nastasya Semenovski didn't have Wisconsin on her radar until CMS coach Dave Schwarz introduced her to Wisconsin coach Kelcy McKenna this summer at hard courts. The recruiting goodwill resulted in Semenovski committing to the Badgers. The five-star senior from Massachusetts will be signing with Wisconsin this week.
Blue Chip Leustian Gearing Up For UCLA
Blue chip senior Stefan Leustian committed to UCLA last week, and will celebrate Signing Day today by making it official with the Bruins. The blue chip senior just may not have any UCLA gear available to wear in the photo that he sends to head coach Billy Martin.
Corley Doubles the Sooners Family Connection
Carmen Corley isn't signing with Oklahoma just because her sister is a member of the team. But the sibling connection played a big part in her decision. The blue chip senior from New Mexico will be joining the program early by enrolling in January.
Blue Chip Duong Finds Warm Welcoming at Illinois
Katherine Duong thought she wanted to play college tennis on the West Coast. But after a friend joined the team at Illinois, Duong decided to make a visit. The blue chip senior felt right at home, and will be signing to play for the Illini this week.
Blue Chip Tracy Bound for Buckeyes
Having grown up an Ohio State fan, J.J. Tracy didn't want his affinity for the school to cloud his judgment in selecting a college. The blue chip senior realized the Buckeyes were the perfect fit for many more reasons after making his official visit.
Han Finds a Great Tennis Home in Oklahoma
Nathan Han lived only three minutes away from a tennis academy when his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. He decided to begin taking lessons, and discovered his love for the sport. The senior will be staying close to home for college by signing with Oklahoma.
Pierce Ready to Make it Official with Western Michigan
Brogan Pierce committed to Western Michigan during his junior year. The three star from Illinois never doubted his chioce, and his eager to sign his letter of itent to play for the Broncos once the signing period opens next week.
Pet Project: Campanella's Heart Set on Rhode Island
Grace Campanella had her heart set on attending Rhode Island to study to be a vet and play Division I tennis. A coaching change nearly disrupted her plans, but things worked out in the end. The four-star senior from Maine is signing with Rhode Island.
Luehrman Takes Initiative to Connect with Quinnipiac
Alexandra Luehrman believed she was better than her results showed on paper, and hoped Quinnipiac would feel the same. The two-star senior reached out before a showcase event, and was eventually offered a spot in the program.
From Hawaii to Idaho, Kunimoto Feels at Home with Bengals
Hawaii's Keilyn Kunimoto never expected to attend Idaho State. But once the four-star senior took an official visit to the school with her parents, she fell in love. Kunitomo will trade in beaches for colder winters when she signs with the Bengals.
Duke's Loyalty Stands Out For Blue Chip Vallabhaneni
After he injured his wrist, Niroop Vallabhaneni noticed the interest of some schools waning. But Duke coach Ramsey Smith never wavered in his support, and Vallabhaneni noticed. The blue chip senior plans to sign with the Blue Devils once the signing period opens in November.
Last Minute Visit Leads Blue Chip Braswell to Longhorns
Blue chip senior Micah Braswell initially committed to Florida State. But after some changes to coaching staffs, Braswell decided to visit the University of Texas and realized it was a better fit. He will be signing to play for the defending national champions.
Keeping An Open Mind Leads Four-Star Falcon to Emory
Samantha Falcon didn't think she wanted to attend college in the South. But after taking a visit to Emory, the four-star senior realized she was wrong. Falcon loved everything about the school, and is excited about a new adventure in Atlanta.
Rademacher Finds Everything She Wants at Wichita State
Bianca Rademacher wanted to find a Division I program relatively close to home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she grew up playing tennis and helps teach young children the sport. The four-star senior found the perfect fit at Wichita State, and has committed to the Shockers.
Blue Chip Alex Lee Sees Great Potential at Stanford
Alex Lee sees an example of college to pro success nearly every day while training with Dominik Koepfer. The blue chip senior from Illinois is hoping to chart a similar course at Stanford. Lee will sign with the Cardinal once the signing period begins in mid-November.
Jarvis Sees Opportunity at Division II Mississippi College
Joe Jarvis could have joined a Division I program to fulfill a childhood goal. But the four-star from Texas saw a better opportunity for playing time at Division II Mississippi College. Jarvis will be signing with the program, and joining his older brother on the roster.
Rencheli Makes Emotional Commitment to N.C. State
Abigail Rencheli was flooded with emotion after her whirlwind recruitment by N.C. State led a commitment to play for the Wolfpack. The blue chip senior came to the United States with her family from Moldova when she was young and worked hard to get an opportunity to play in college.
Dartmouth Offered Everything Five-Star Andy Ilie Wanted
Andy Ilie had a good feeling about Dartmouth on his visit last January. A coaching change in the summer didn't sway his opinion. It actually solidified it. The five-star senior from Connecticut has committed to play for the Big Green.
Fliegner Commitment to Michigan Hits Close to Home
Julia Fliegner grew up wanting to play for Michigan and stay close to home. Once she got the offer on her official visit to campus, the five-star junior didn't hesistate to commit. She will be joining a team filled with close friends.
Support System Guides Chervinsky to Virginia Commitment
Elaine Chervinsky only needed to make one visit before knowing she wanted to commit to the University of Virginia. The blue chip junior has received a lot of support from family and coaches to give her the opportunity to play high-level tennis. She doesn't take it for granted.
Hiryur Helps Honor Coach with Commitment to Dayton
Ronit Hiryur called his first coach after he committed to Dayton. The five-star senior from Ohio wanted to share the news with the person who inspired him to play. Alan Aure died a few days later, and Hiryur hopes to honor him through his performance on the court in college.
Cohen Had a Good Feeling About Richmond From the Start
Carly Cohen had a good feeling about the University of Richmond from the very start. But the four-star senior from Ohio wanted to consider every option before making a decision. Nothing compared as favorably, and Cohen has committed to the Spiders.
Family Plan: Geller Joins Brother at Stanford
Ana Geller was interested in attending Stanford because of the school's success in tennis and strong academic reputation. Having her older brother, Axel, playing for the men's team was an added perk. The siblings will reconnect on The Farm, with Ana having committed to Stanford earlier this summer.
Gratitude is the Hallmark of Aprill's Tennis Journey
From positive role models to an emotional outlet to a college opportunity, Brandon Aprill appreciates everything tennis has provided him. The four-star senior from Mountain View, California has committed to continue his career at Carnegie Mellon University.
SMU Tops the List: Five-Star Krall Commits to Mustangs
Liam Krall is announcing his commitment to SMU. The five-star senior from Bronxville, New York likes the school's location, smaller size and opportunity to grow as a player and person.
Dickson Puts in the Work to Earn Division I Opportunity
Jonah Dickson realized he had ground to make up if he wanted an opportunity to play Division I tennis. The Southern California native worked to improve his game and the results followed. The four-star senior has committed to Boston University.
Coaching a Major Influence in Snyder Committing to UCF
Coaching helped Quinn Snyder grow more confident in himself. He's hoping coaching at the college level can improve his development even more. The five-star senior from New Jersey has committed to the University of Central Florida.
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.