Lafayette Tennis Brings in Eight Recruits for 2005-06 Season
June 30, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The Lafayette tennis program will welcome eight student-athletes to College Hill to comprise the Class of 2009, head coach Eric Ratchford has announced.
"I am very excited about the recruiting class we have coming in," said Ratchford, who is entering his third season with the Leopards. "Their arrival will add some depth to our lineups and help us be more competitive in our league matches."
Both squads posted winning records for the sixth straight year. The women's class includes athletes from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, along with players from Oregon and Hawaii. They will join a team that was 9-9 last season.
Amy Blackwell (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani School) was the No. 4-ranked player in the Hawaii Pacific girls under-18 singles in 2004, and is also nationally ranked by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). She played singles at both the first and second spots as a senior.
Kate Malamut (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) competed in doubles as a senior, helping her team to the New Jersey Group 4 state championship.
Ansley Scudder (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis Chaffee School) was the top singles player in every year of her high school career, posting a 14-2 record as a senior. She was ranked among the top 60 girls in the under-18 division in New England in 2003.
Julia Strang (Portland, Ore./Grant) also played exclusively at the No. 1 singles spot throughout her high school years, and was named team MVP in two seasons. She reached the No. 7 ranking in girls under-16 singles in the Pacific Northwest in 2003.
Julie Yap (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Ann's School) ranked as high as No. 26 in the Eastern girls under-16 division in 2003, and attained the No. 43 spot as an under-18 player in 2004. She was also nationally ranked by the USTA in both instances.
Lee Kojanis (Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly), Christopher McConnell (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Brophy College Prep) and Gabe Walker (Malvern, Pa./Conestoga) comprise the men's recruiting class. The Leopards went 14-10 in 2004-05.
Kojanis racked up 33 wins against 4 losses as senior playing No. 1 singles and helped his team to the quarterfinals of the New Jersey state championship. He was ranked No. 37 in the Eastern boys under-18 singles in 2004 to go with a national ranking from the USTA.
McConnell helped his team to a third-place finish in the Arizona state championship last year, and competed at a number of singles and doubles positions. He came in at No. 61 in the Southwest region in the boys under-18 rankings.
Walker played No. 1 singles as a senior and led his team to a 16-4 record overall.
Lafayette will open its fall 205 tennis schedule on Sept. 10 as the Leopards host New Jersey Tech and Mount St. Mary's at Sullivan Courts.
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