KU Tennis Recruiting Class Receives National Attention

LAWRENCE, Kan. – First-year KU tennis head coach Todd Chapman’s first recruiting class has attracted national attention.

In TennisRecruiting.net’s Top 25 Women’s Recruiting Classes for the Class of 2014, Kansas’ recruiting class received 76 votes, leaving it just one spot (six votes) below the Top 25 and 32 votes ahead of the next-highest vote-getter.  Chapman’s incoming class consists of three top-100 recruits.

“We are very excited and proud of the recruiting class we are bringing in for the fall of 2014,” said Chapman. “I would like to thank my coaching staff, our current team and our entire athletic department for their hard work. Without everyone’s support, we wouldn’t have been able to put our first recruiting class together in only five months.”

Smith Hinton (Raleigh, N.C. / Broughton H.S.), Summer Collins (Atlanta, Ga.) and Rachel McNeely (Westminster, S.C. / West Oak H.S.) have all signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play for Kansas.

In addition to the three incoming Jayhawks, Chapman signed three mid-year recruits who joined the team this winter. Caroline Henderson (Dallas, Texas), Morgan Barnhill (Austin, Texas / ATA College Prep) and Antonella Galeano (Asunción, Paraguay / Colegio San Jose) have helped the 45th-ranked Jayhawks to an 8-2 dual match record this season.

“For this class to be ranked as high as it is without getting credit for our three mid-year enrollees is great,” said Chapman.  “Had we gotten credit for Caroline Henderson, Morgan Barnhill and Antonella Galeano, I have no doubt this would have been a top-20 class.”

The Jayhawks will travel to Tulsa, Okla., to meet the No. 17 Tulsa Hurricane at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center this Saturday at noon.

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