GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T women’s tennis program earned honorable mention recognition for having one of the nation’s top mid-major recruiting classes announced by the Tennis Recruiting Network.
“Landing this incoming class, bringing back the men's tennis program, and revamping the on campus tennis facility shows amazing strides the tennis program has taken in a very short period of time,” North Carolina A&T head coach Bruce Myers said. “National recognition of this incoming class will only help to attract attention to the school in the tennis world and will certainly assist with recruiting in the near future.”
A&T’s 2014 recruiting class, set to hit campus in the fall features six young ladies including a pair of 3-star recruits.
“All six of the incoming players will have a realistic chance to compete for a spot in the top six of the line-up and will force the incumbent players to be better,” said Myers.
“What is most exciting, besides instantly being competitive in the MEAC, is the opportunity to start working with the players in the fall and to watch them push each other to be better tennis players," Myers continued. "Each player takes their academics very seriously and each player has expressed an interest in making an impact on the A&T campus, classroom and tennis courts.”
Khalia Powell (Chicago, Ill. /De La Salle Institute) and Alexandria Silver (Greensboro, N.C. /Grimsely Senior High School) who are listed as 3-star recruits by the Tennis Recruiting Network, along with Nadia Hilton-Adams (Simpsonville, S.C./Southside High School), Alexus Morgan (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek High School), Tyla Goodridge (New Haven, Conn. /The Sound School), and Kayla Jefferson (Yorktown, Va. /Grafton High School) round out the Aggies’ talented recruiting class.
Silver who was recruited by several Division I programs across the Carolinas posted an 18-9 overall record and a 9-4 mark against 3-star recruits. Powell finished her high school career with a 13-12 record followed by Hilton-Adams, another highly sought after athlete who posted a 23-28 record.
Morgan, Goodridge, and Jefferson all bring several years of varsity experience from high school where they were standout players. Goodridge was a two-time All-Southern State Area Conference selection. Throughout Jefferson’s high school career she was placed on the All-Region second team, honorable mention all-region team, all-conference first team and was named team MVP. Morgan also garnered several honors including the most improved award, coach’s award, and senior award.
“What is most unique is that I can confidently say each player made their decision to choose North Carolina A&T immediately after their official visits to campus,” explained Myers. "Aggie Pride and restoring the tradition of Aggie tennis was the underlying theme. I am very much looking forward to our fall tournaments and seeing how these players compete.”
The Aggies kickoff the fall season on Sept. 12 at the Elon Invitational, followed by the HBCU National Tournament beginning on Sept. 19 in Atlanta, Ga. A&T will also compete at the Wake Forest Invitational (Oct. 3-5) and ITA Regional Championship (Oct. 17-21) in Chapel Hill.