Nov. 30, 2009
By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee women's tennis co-head coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick announced the signings of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Millicent Nichols, Whitney Wofford and Brynn Boren will join the Lady Vols in the fall of 2010.
Nichols, who attends Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, is listed as a five-star recruit and the country's No. 50 player by TennisRecruiting.net. The reigning Texas 4A individual singles champion, Nichols reached as high as 18th in the country and 4th statewide in the Girls 16 Division.
"Millie is a very talented player," Patrick said. "She is a strong competitor who will help us tremendously in both singles and doubles."
Also making the move to Knoxville is fellow Texan, Wofford. A member of Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas, she led her team to the 2009 Texas District and Regional Championships as well as a third-place finish in the team tournament. TennisRecruiting.net list Wofford as the nation's No. 86 player, as well as a four-star recruit.
In 2008, Wofford was a finalist in the Texas 5A mixed doubles competition. Just a year previously, she took home the 5A girls doubles championship. She was named team MVP after both successful seasons, and has received three varsity letters, one as captain, during her high school career.
"Whitney is a physical player and will be a positive addition to our lineup, especially in doubles," said Patrick. "She has lots of tournament experience that will benefit her when she arrives on campus."
Boren, a native of Laguan Niguel, Calif., graduated from Laurel Springs School after transferring from Dana Hills High School in the spring of 2009. She is ranked as the No. 12 player in the nation, as well as a five-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net.
While at Dana Hills, Boren played a key role in leading her team to back-to-back California Interscholastic Federation regional championships in 2007 and 2008 and to four consecutive league championships from 2005-09. Boren also made up half of the doubles team that took home the CIF doubles title in 2007.
"Brynn is a strong competitor and is very knowledgeable about the game of tennis," Patrick stated. "I'm confident she will continually improve during her final year in high school and at Tennessee as well."
"Overall, this is a very athletic class and they will be even better when they come next fall as their game continually grows this season," said Patrick.
The Tennessee women's tennis team finished the 2008-09 season ranked No. 10 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Lady Vols are currently on a break until Jan. 15, 2010, when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Michigan Invitational.