Petty Lands Two In Spring Signing Period|
Texas Tech's Todd Petty landed a pair of top international recruits for the 2014 recruiting class.
April 22, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas – Considered the best signing class in Texas Tech history, Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty bolstered the recruiting coup with the signing of Hortense Boscher and Sabrina Federici.
“We are so excited about adding Hortense and Sabrina to the Lady Raider Tennis family,” said Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty. “The addition of these two young ladies really helps us bolster our lineup for the foreseeable future at Texas Tech.”
Boscher and Federici strengthen a recruiting class that also includes five-star blue chip recruit Sarah Dvorak of Kurtistown, Hawai’i, and five-star recruit Katelyn Jackson of Roland, Ark. Dvorak is ranked No. 1 in Hawai’i and No. 16 nationally, while Jackson is ranked No. 1 in Arkansas and No. 73 nationally.
Dvorak and Jackson’s signing gave Texas Tech the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation in TenningRecruiting.net’s Winter Rankings. Todd Petty has secured the highest ranked recruiting class in program history, as well as the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big 12. Baylor was the only other program ranked in TennisRecruing.net’s Top 25. The final rankings for the 2014 recruiting class will be released in June.
Boscher, a native of Villepreux, France, is currently ranked No. 9 in U18s by the French Tennis Federation. She led her high school, Lycée Sonia Delaunay, to the French High School National Championship in 2012. She has been ranked in the top eight in France in her age group since the age of 12 and has advance to at least the quarterfinals for six consecutive years of the French National Championships. Boscher has been ranked as high as No. 783 in the world by the ITF. Boscher is the second Top 10 player from France to sign with a collegiate program. No. 6 Lena Pacholski inked with Virginia Tech.
“Hortense is a very physical player with a tremendous work ethic,” said Petty.” She has great hands and will be outstanding when she gets here and has more time to work on her craft. We are thrilled to have her as a part of our program.”
Federici, a native of Lancashire, England, is currently ranked No. 34 in the Great Britain’s Open Division and the No. 2 player in Lancashire by the Lawn Tennis Association. She has been a finalist at the (ITF) Aegon British Tour’s Nottingham Open, Hull Open, Corby Open and Loughborough Open in women’s singles. She advanced to the semifinals in U16 Singles of the British Junior National Championships in 2012. Federici won eight events in 2012, including the trifecta at the Lancashire Tennis Championships, as she claimed the U16 singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles. She represented Great Britain at the U16 Winter Cup in the Czech Republic, the U16 European Cup in Romania and at the European Youth Olympics in Turkey. A t one point, Federici was ranked No. 1 in Great Britain in U16 girls and has held the No. 1 ranking in Lancashire County at U16, U18 and Open. She has also been ranked as high as No. 503 in the world by the ITF.
“Sabrina is a very talented left-handed player, who is extremely quick,” added Petty. “She has a lot of variety in her game and can be a match up nightmare for some teams. We are excited to have Sabrina join the Lady Raider family.”
Texas Tech begins play in the 2014 Big 12 Championships on Friday in Fort Worth.