Women's Tennis Inks Four To 2014 Signing Class

UABSPORTS.COM Head Coach Tom Morris
Head Coach Tom Morris

May 29, 2014

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina head women’s tennis coach Tom Morris announced the addition of four signees who will join the squad beginning this fall.

Meredith Smith, Sarah Sarjoo and Maria Gomez will arrive as freshmen, while Katie Hoch joins the Pirate program as a transfer from the University of Wisconsin and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Smith comes from Watauga High School where she was a four-year letterwinner who played No. 1 singles her sophomore, junior and senior years. The Boone, N.C., native was an all-conference and all-region performer during her four seasons and earned all-state honors during her final two campaigns. A team captain, she was named the conference player-of-the-year three times, as well as the Team MVP each of those seasons. She owns a 4.10 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.

“We are excited to welcome Meredith to our program this fall,” Morris said. “Meredith has had an extremely successful high school tennis career.  She is a solid athlete with a good work ethic both on the court and in the classroom, and is looking forward to making the transition to the next level.”

Sarjoo arrives from Johannesburg, South Africa where she played internationally for many years. She has been ranked in the top 10 in South Africa in every age group since playing in the 12-and-under division and was a member of the South African team in Egypt (2008), USA (2009), Argentina (2010) and England in 2011. Sarjoo won two South African national singles titles and three doubles titles, while representing her country in the International Junior Championships in Morocco in February 2014. She is also one of just two players selected to represent South Africa at the African Youth Games held in Botswana in May 2014.

“There is no question that Sarah will make a huge impact in both our singles and doubles lineups as a freshman,” Morris said. “She has proven international results against some of the best juniors in the world in both singles and doubles.  A very solid all-court player, we are looking forward to working with Sarah for the next four years.”



Gomez, who comes from Medellin, Columbia, was ranked as the No. 1 player in the country in each of the last six years and in every age division since she was 12. In addition to competing in numerous international events, she played both singles and doubles at ITF Level 1 events and reached the quarterfinal rounds in Future Level events multiple times.

“Maria is a great athlete with a very strong, very aggressive all-court game,” Morris said. “I believe Maria will have an easy adjustment to collegiate tennis. Her solid backcourt game gives her a great base, and that, combined with a very good net game, will allow Maria the opportunity to take her game to a very high level. We are very excited to have Maria a part of our program.”

Hoch, a native of Montclair, N.J., played the last two seasons in the Big Ten Conference with the Badgers. Despite battling through injuries both years, she collected five singles wins at the No. 3 spot and six victories playing in the No. 2 position of the doubles lineup during her freshman season. She is a  former five-star recruit according to the Tennis Recruiting Network, and was ranked as high as No. 70 nationally in her recruiting class and in the top 10 of the USTA Eastern Section as a prep player.

“Katie has proven wins at a very high collegiate level in both singles and doubles,” Morris said. “She has won national events in her junior career, and is our first five-star recruit. She will bring solid collegiate experience to our team this year and will help take our program to the next level. We expect Katie to make an impact in our lineup in both singles and doubles.”

East Carolina finished the 2014 spring season with a 12-11 overall record, reaching the 12-win mark for the second consecutive year.