Jan. 15, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina Head Women's Tennis Coach Tom Morris announced Tuesday that four high school players who currently hold regional and national rankings have declared their intent to attend and play tennis at East Carolina University beginning this fall.
Morris' 2012-2013 recruiting class includes Michelle Castro from Oakton, Va., Emily Groeneveld from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Samantha Light from Cramerton, N.C. and Scarlett Walston from Greenville, N.C.
Michelle Castro - Oakton, Va. (Bishop O'Connell High School)
Coach Morris on Castro: "Michelle is currently playing at a very high level and shows great potential to take her game to another level. She has very clean strokes, hits strong on both sides, and possesses great fundamentals for an all-court game. We are looking forward to working with Michelle the next four years."
Emily Groeneveld - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Calvary Christian Academy)
Coach Morris on Groeneveld: "I had an opportunity to watch Emily play this past summer in a national championship event and was extremely impressed with her play. She is solid from the baseline on both forehand and backhand, and moves very well at the net. Emily has the ability to make a big difference in our lineup in both singles and doubles as a freshman and we are looking forward to having her as a part of our program next year."
Samantha Light - Cramerton, N.C. (Providence Day School)
Coach Morris on Light: "Samantha is a great athlete with the background and experience that will make an immediate impact in our program next year. She has a very strong baseline game and moves to the ball extremely well. Ranked as high as No. 39 nationally in her recruiting class, we are very excited that Samantha will be wearing purple next year."
Scarlett Walston - Greenville, N.C. (J.H. Rose/Heritage Academy)
Coach Morris on Walston: "Scarlett has shown great improvement in her game the past two years and is continuing that improvement. She has a very strong game from the baseline on forehand and backhand, and will play a large part in our team's success during her time here. We were very impressed with Scarlett during her visit and welcome her to our program."
Morris and the Pirates will open their traditional dual match spring season Saturday by hosting Appalachian State beginning at 10 a.m. at the ECU Tennis Complex.