Nov. 14, 2007
ATLANTA – Rebecca Marino and Hillary Davis, both blue-chip recruits that are ranked among the top-25 in the nation in the latest tennis RPI, have signed letters of intent to play tennis at Georgia Tech, head coach Bryan Shelton announced Wednesday.
Marino, the nation’s No. 2 recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net, is a 6-1 Vancouver native that has reached as high as No. 64 in the world in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Rankings, and currently stands at No. 66. She won three of her first four ITF singles tournaments in 2007 and two doubles events in the last year while posting an overall 28-4 singles record in ITF tournaments and an 18-5 doubles mark.
The British Columbian has recorded a remarkable 52-9 juniors record in 2007, including a 15-5 record against other TennisRecruiting.net blue chip recruits. Highlights from her career include winning the 2007 Canadian Junior International Championship, earning the 2006 U16 Indoor National Singles Championship, representing Canada at the 2006 World Junior Team Championships, and becoming the youngest player to ever win the Roger Open at Stanley Park Women’s Open Championship when she did so in 2005 as a 14-year old.
“Rebecca is certainly the highest-rated recruit that we’ve ever signed,” Shelton said. “We’ve obviously had some great ones come through here, but none that already had the rankings or credentials that she’s amassed.
“She’s not just highly-touted as a top recruit though. She’s a great person and is going to help us academically, off the court, and on the court. She’s the total package of what we’re looking for in a student-athlete.”
Davis, a 5-7 native of Austin, Texas, is ranked 23rd in the nation in the latest recruiting rankings and is the top women’s tennis player in Texas and the Gulf States Region. She has played in two ITF tournaments over the last year, posting a 4-2 singles record in those events. Davis captured the Texas Summer Grand Slam and Corpus Christi Omni Classic singles titles in the last year, and advanced to the finals of the Dallas Tennis Association Tournament in May.
Davis has posted an overall juniors record of 46-20 in 2007, with seven wins over blue chip recruits and another 21 victories against five-star players.
“Hillary is another great American player that has all of the qualities that we are looking for,” Shelton said. “She has an all-court game and likes to play an aggressive style, which really fits our system well. She’s also another great student that has a perfect GPA, so I know that she will come in here and be very successful – much like Amanda McDowell did last year. She just came in and exploded on the collegiate scene, which is what I think we can expect to see out of Hillary.”
Marino and Davis will take the place of graduating seniors and Georgia Tech record-holders Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray, who will play their last season in the white and gold this coming spring. That Yellow Jacket duo has helped Georgia Tech to the 2007 NCAA and ITA Indoor National Team titles in addition to three-consecutive ACC Championships.