TennisRecruiting.net released its Top-25 Mid-Major women's tennis recruiting classes this week and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's four-person group came in ninth. The Lady Mocs will welcome four-star signees Kelsey Coots, Katie Polk and Kayla Jones, as well as three-star prospect Alison Storie, to the Scenic City in the fall.
UTC's incoming class is the highest ranked in the Southern Conference, joined by No. 12 College of Charleston and No. 14 Samford. Coots and Jones both signed in the fall while Storie and Polk committed in the spring.
Coots (Huntsville, Ala.) is the No. 1 player coming out of Alabama and a two-time state champion while Polk (Woodstock, Ga.) is ranked No. 6 in Georgia. They are both ranked in the top-100 in the nation. Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) and Storie (Johnson City, Tenn.) are ranked No. 3 and No. 5 in Tennessee, respectively.
The Lady Mocs lose four seniors to graduation, so the incoming class will have a chance to make an immediate impact. The top three players in the lineup return in senior Jenna Nurik (Roswell, Ga.), junior Alexa Flynn (Memphis, Tenn.) and sophomore Kaylene Chadwell (Franklin, Tenn.). Nurik was an All-SoCon performer in 2012 while Chadwell was the 2012 SoCon Freshman of the Year.
Head coach Jeff Clark guided the Lady Mocs to a 16-6 overall record and a fourth place finish in the SoCon at 6-4. It was the most wins for the program since 1999.
2012 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
1. Georgia State
4. Cal Poly
5. Stony Brook
6. UC Irvine
7. Colorado State
10. Old Dominion
11. Boise State
12. College of Charleston
13. Central Florida
15. North Texas
16. George Washington
20. Air Force