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.
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.