Sofya Malysheva Signs With Lady Raider Tennis
May 8, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas – Sofya Malysheva has signed a national letter of intent to play tennis at Texas Tech University, announced Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty.
Malysheva, who attends high school at Vittra Södermalm in Stockholm, Sweden, is a native of Saint Petersburg City, Russia.
“Sofya is a great young lady and a hard worker,” said head coach Todd Petty. “She is a blue collar kid that fits our program. She brings a wealth of international experience and success. But we are more interested in her intensity and work ethic. I think it will push this group. We are very excited to have her as a Red Raider.”
Malysheva has been ranked in juniors as high as No. 880 in the world and No. 18 in Sweden. When she was 14, she won the Argayon Cup in Nivelles, Belgium and was runner-up at the Coca Cola Icelandic Open in Reykjavik, Iceland. Here efforts earned her a Tennis Europe ranking of No. 128.
She is a three-time participant of ITF events in Stockholm and advanced to the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Governor’s Cup last summer.
“To being able to play tennis at university in the United States means a lot,” said Malysheva. “I am excited to be able to get to play and keep developing my tennis and at the same time get a good education.
“I am thankful for this opportunity especially considering what a fantastic team I will be joining. It’s a wonderful team with high ambition and a lot of passion, I’m really looking forward to it. I feel like it is the right team for me. The coaches – Todd Petty and Todd Chapman and the girls on the team are really great and it is going to be so much fun playing for and with them.”
Malysheva, 18, is currently ranked No. 65 in Sweden and No. 767 in Russia as an adult.
The native of Russia, who will join the team in the fall, chose Texas Tech over San Diego, Old Dominion, Texas-Arlington, Southern Miss, Oregon and Nevada.