Women's Tennis Signs Two Top Recruits for 2017
“We are thrilled to add Elyse and Eden to the Tiger family,” said the Sells. “They both possess the incredible qualities—high character and ambitious competitiveness—that we desire and value in our program.”
Lavender, a blue chip recruit from Wilson, N.C., is one of the best in her recruiting class. She already has several impressive victories this year, including beating WTA World No. 734 Alexandra Mueller and Sophie Chang, WTA World No. 564, this summer.
Lavender also won the US Open National Playoffs Southern Qualifying tournament and participated in the US Open National Playoffs in August.
“Elyse Lavender is one of the best American prospects in the country,” said the Sells. “Her desire to be the best fits perfectly into the mentality of our team. She will bring instant leadership through her competitive spirit and work ethic. She is loyal at heart and we can’t wait to have her on campus in August.”
Richardson is a top-ranked player from England and has been ranked as high as No. 130 in the ITF World junior rankings, with her most notable victory coming over junior World No. 35 Lara Escauriza of Paraguay and junior World No. 37 Morgan Coppoc in June. Her top professional win occurred this summer against World No. 668 Emily Arbuthnott.
Richardson has also represented Team Great Britain, winning her first national title as a 15-year-old at the Nike Under-16s Youth Junior National Tennis Championships. She also played in the main draw at the Wimbledon Juniors Championships in 2016.
Richardson will officially earn a professional world ranking on Monday based on her recent success in the 10K Pro events in England.
“Eden exemplifies the complete student-athlete. She is a very genuine, positive person with a team-first mentality,” said the Sells. “She is one of the top British players, very athletic and tenacious with a strong upside. Eden will make an immediate impact on our team and we are thrilled she will be wearing the Purple and Gold.”
Signing Lavender and Richardson continues a trend of strong recruiting under the Sells, adding on to their No. 1 recruiting class in the country last year.
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