An outstanding young player who will be a part of head coach William Crutchfield’s building of the women’s tennis program … Came into her own as the season progressed … Has an excellent speed on the court and has a good volley game to go along with her athleticism.
2019 Season: Played in 17 singles matches where she went 3-14 on those contests … Played in 17 doubles matches during the season … Won her first collegiate match with a win at Georgia Southern over Luisa Hrda, 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 … Won her first career conference match with a win at Savannah State over Casi Gilbert, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.
High School/Club: Participated in high school tennis at Excelsior High School … Awarded All-League three years in a row… Awarded league champion in singles… Awarded league champion in doubles… Named Wrightwood, Calif. tennis player of the year in 2016 … Won league finals in doubles as a sophomore while going undefeated … Earned No. 1 singles player status as a junior and went undefeated … Won league singles champion and was Player of the Year for Mojave River League.
Personal: Full name is Kaya Xenobia Ellis… She is the daughter of Mary Mikesell and Alfonzo Ellis… She has three siblings, Aliya, Alyannah, and Aubreigh… She was born on May 25, 2000, and is majoring in business management-entrepreneurship… Her interest is in traveling, hiking, and photography…