November 14, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 18 Texas Tech Lady Raider tennis program has reached the upper echelon of collegiate tennis and the dividends are starting to pay off, as head coach Todd Petty has announced the signing of a pair five star recruits - Sarah Dvorak and Katelyn Jackson.
"We are extremely excited to have two quality young ladies with the talent of Sarah and Katelyn," said Todd Petty. "I think the fact that they have signed with Texas Tech really shows how much respect our program has garnered in such a short time. Sarah and Katelyn are two of the most decorated players to have ever signed at Texas Tech and we could not have been more thrilled to have them join our Lady Raider Tennis family."
Dvorak, who is a five-star blue chip signee, is the highest rated incoming freshman signee in program history. She is the No. 1 player in her home state of Hawai'i and the No. 29 player nationally, according to TennisRecruiting.com.
Jackson, who is another five-star signee, is another highly touted incoming freshman signee to commit to Texas Tech. She is the No. 1 player in the state of Arkansas and the No. 49 player nationally, according to TennisRecruiting.com.
"Sarah and Katelyn are two immediate impact type of players that will help us compete in the Big 12 and beyond," said Petty. "Sarah is the first blue chip recruit in program history and Katelyn is one of the top players in the South. This truly is an exciting time for Lady Raider Tennis."
Since becoming head coach at Texas Tech, Petty has now signed five five-star players, including Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo, who are the No. 9 doubles team in the nation currently.
Texas Tech opens the 2014 spring season on Jan. 18 with a doubleheader against Wyoming at 11 a.m. and Texas State at 4 p.m.
Left / 5-7 / Kurtistown, Hawai'i / Waiakea High School
Sarah Dvorak is a five-star blue chip recruit ... she is the highest ranked freshman recruit in program history ... she is ranked as the No. 1 player in Hawai'i and the No. 29 player in the nation, according to TennisRecruiting.com ... her IMG tennis RPI is 21 ... won the 2013 USTA U18 Girls Hawai'i-Pacific Regional in October ... won the Hilo Fall Junior Sectional in September ... advanced to the Round of 32 at the 2013 USTA Girls U18 National Championships ... won the 2013 USTA U18 Regional in Irvine, Calif. In July ... advanced to the semifinals at the 2013 USTA National Open in Lakewood, Calif., in July ... won the Holua Junior Open in February ... a two-time Hawai'i state finalist at Waiakea High School ... two-time Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion ... hits left ... chose Texas Tech over Illinois, Oregon, Pepperdine and Purdue.
Left / 5-5 / Roland, Arkansas / Laurel Springs School
Katelyn Jackson is a five-star recruit ... trains at the Smith-Stearns Tennis Academy ... coached by Thomas Anderson and B.J. Stearns ... she is the second Top 50 player to sign with Texas Tech in this class, joining Sarah Dvorak ... ranked as the No. 1 player in Arkansas and the No. 49 player in the nation, according to TennisRecruiting.com ... her IMG tennis RPI is 57 ... was ranked as high No. 44 in the U.S. ... currently ranked 1296 in the world in ITF Juniors ... won the Arkansas Junior State qualifying double title in May ... advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 Southern Spring Closed Championships ... finalist at the USTA Southern Sectional in April ... won the 2013 Polar Bear Girls U18 Classic singles and doubles titles in March ... lost in the semifinals of the 2013 USTA National Open in February ... won the 2012 Fall Southern Closed Championships ... hits left.