Nov. 13, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's tennis head coach Vicky Maes has announced the signing of Lacey Smyth, Kim Stubbe, and Susan McRann to National Letters of Intent. All three top juniors will join Arizona for the 2010-11 season.
"This has been a very exciting recruiting year for us. We were on the road a lot, but it helped establish solid relationships with the student-athletes we were pursuing. As a result, we are extremely pleased to announce that we were able to sign our top three choices. I feel we are bringing in a top 10 recruiting class and I know we will be a strong contender in the Pac-10 again."
A native of Oceanside, California, Lacey Smyth is currently ranked # 2 in California and #16 nationwide in the class of 2010 by TennisRecruiting. Lacey choose Arizona over numerous other top programs.
"Lacey is a big hitter, extremely athletic and very driven," said Maes. "She is already one of the best players in the country, but she has so much potential still. Aside from her skills on the court, we just love her attitude and her enthusiasm for what we offer as a program, both athletically and academically. She stood out immediately as someone we wanted to bring into our environment. There is no doubt that Lacey will make a great impact on the team and also become a strong contender in the NCAA right off the bat."
Kim Stubbe, a native of Belgium, also chose the Wildcats over many other top programs. Kim is the second ranked junior in her home country as well as the 12th-ranked player overall.
"Kim is going to be a strong force for the Cats. It will not take much time for people to take notice of her remarkable talent. She has a history of winning big matches consistently, and her competitiveness will bring her much success in the college environment," Maes said. "The nice thing about Kim is that she will improve a ton here in the United States. She will see the best competition in the Pac-10, which will help her develop every time she steps on the court."
The third signee is Susan McRann, from Dublin, Ireland. Susan is one of the top juniors in her country as well, a solid all-around player who will certainly bring great experience to the singles and the doubles.
"Susan is a joy to watch. She is one of those girls you know is going to help your entire team get better rightaway. She is tall and strong yet has amazing hands and feel for the ball. When Ryan and I first saw her, we just knew we wanted her to be a Wildcat. Susan, too, will improve quickly. She loves to practice and has been very successful, despite limited training opportunities in Ireland. Our practice routine here will allow her to develop more and more, and I know she looks forward to taking advantage of every opportunity."