Women's tennis announces 2009 recruiting class
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 21, 2009)--Hoping to build on a solid 2008-2009 season which saw the women's tennis team selected to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, Coach John Mican has announced the signing of three recruits for 2009-10. The new players are Abby Day (Louisville), Hanna Hagan (Paducah), and Katie Miller (Versailles, Ky.).
"With the new players coming in we will have a strong team from top to bottom," said Mican. "Our added depth will push the existing players to work harder, get stronger, move faster and increase their level of fitness. These three young women coming in will fit right in on the court as well as academically," Mican added. The women's tennis team's grade point average for 2008-09 was 3.53, the highest of all sports teams at Bellarmine.
Day, from Male High School in Louisville, will be an exercise science major and will also have an immediate impact on the court. She recently won the Louisville Invitational doubles title (with partner Meredeth McGraff) and will represent her school at the Kentucky State High School Tennis tournament. "Abby truly enjoys being on a tennis court whether it is for practice or a match," Mican said. "Her serve is a first rate weapon."
Hagan is from perennial tennis power house Lone Oak High School in Paducah, Ky. She plans to study communication at Bellarmine. She and her double partner—her sister, Katie, a junior at Lone Oak--have just won the Kentucky high school regionals and will play in the state tournament for the third consecutive year. "Hannah will have an immediate impact on the squad with her solid doubles play, her speedy court coverage and her infectious positive attitude, "said Mican.
Miller, a future business administration major, played tennis at Lexington Catholic High School which also has an elite tennis program--currently ranked number in Kentucky by the USTA. "Katie is originally a basketball player, and her superior athleticism is very evident," Mican said. "Her solid and consistent all-court game will translate well to college play."