Nov. 16, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Nicole Laduca, the top-ranked player in the state of Georgia last year and two-time Southern Tennis champion, has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend and play tennis at East Carolina University beginning next fall according to an announcement from head coach Tom Morris.
During her prep career at Etowah High School in Woodstock, she has earned three player-of-the-year awards and helped guide the Eagles to a pair of regional titles while playing at the No. 1 singles position.
The owner of 498 career United States Tennis Association (USTA) victories, Laduca also captured the Georgia Qualifier in both singles and doubles while competing in the 16-and-under division. At the 18-and-under level, she has earned a Top 10 ranking in the South Region.
Laduca, a five-star signee, stands among the Top 70 prospects nationally according to the Tennis Recruiting Network - a first for a newcomer to the ECU program. In the classroom, she is a three-time All-Scholar selection
"We are elated to have signed a player with the ranking and experience of Nicole," Morris said. "She has competed at the highest level in Georgia, which is an extremely competitive state in the sport of tennis. I like her game, her style of play, her athleticism and her desire to continue to work hard and improve. She is a great fit for our program and we certainly look forward to having her with us."
Since Morris has taken over the ECU women's tennis program in 1999, he has guided the Pirates to 200 victories and successful campaigns in 12 of his 13 years, which recently includes the top four single-season win totals in school history - back-to-back program-record 19-9 and 19-10 finishes in 2006 and 2007, respectively, and consecutive 18-victory campaigns in 2010 and 2011.
East Carolina, which compiled an 18-9 mark last year, opens its 2012 spring schedule at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Jan. 28.