Lady Mocs Add Two Four-Star Recruits
Head Coach Jeff Clark
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team signed a pair of four-star recruits to National Letters of Intent head coach Jeff Clark announced today.  The Lady Mocs got commitments from Kelsey Coots (Huntsville, Ala.) and Kayla Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) to join the program in the fall of 2012. 

"I am excited that Kayla and Kelsey have chosen to come to Chattanooga," stated Clark.  "They have had outstanding junior tennis careers so far, and they will make an immediate impact on our lineup.  The future of Chattanooga Women's Tennis looks strong."

Coots is the No. 1 ranked player in Alabama's 18-under division.  She earned a four-star rating and is No. 28 among southern collegiate prospects according to TennisRecruiting.net.  She was the 2011 Alabama 6A State Singles Champion at Huntsville High School, leading the team to a third place finish in the state tournament.  Coots also won the 2011 Alabama State qualifying doubles title in 18-under and is a five-time member of the Alabama USTA Southern Junior Cup Team.

"Kelsey had a great summer tennis season, especially in sectional and national events," added Clark.  "She is a fighter on the court and will be a great addition to our program."

Jones is the No. 3 ranked player in Tennessee's 18-under division. She is also a four-star recruit and No. 31 among southern collegiate prospects according to TennisRecruiting.net.  She was the 2011 Tennessee State Qualifying Doubles Champion in 18-under.  Last season, she finished runner-up to current Lady Moc Kaylene Chadwell (Franklin, Tenn.) in the Tennessee AAA State High School Singles tournament.  Jones led White Station High School to a runner-up finish in the state team tournament in 2011.

"Kayla has been one of the top juniors in Tennessee for quite some time," said Clark.  "In particular, she has had great success in doubles at the state, sectional, and national level."   

The Lady Mocs have wrapped up the fall portion of their 2011-12 schedule and are preparing for the dual matches in the spring.  UTC is coming off an 11-11 campaign in 2011 that included a fifth place showing in the Southern Conference at 6-4.  It was the most wins in a season since 2006, and the most SoCon wins and highest finish since 2004 for Chattanooga.   

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