Incoming Women's Tennis Recruiting Class Earns Mid-Major Ranking
July 2, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy head women's tennis coach Keith Puryear has announced the four student-athletes that will comprise his program's incoming Class of 2018. The four student-athletes have gone through induction ceremonies and began plebe summer.
The recruiting website TennisRecruiting.net has ranked Navy's incoming recruiting class as the 20th-best among NCAA Division I Mid-Major programs. This is the fourth time that Puryear has had a recruiting class ranked by TennisRecruiting.net.
"We are very proud to have a class of student-athletes who are so highly thought of by others around the country," Puryear said. "This class is a testament to the hard work of the coaching staff, but more importantly the student-athletes and their families who together worked tirelessly to achieve their successes in junior tennis ranks. Coach Pedergnana and I look forward to working with them during their collegiate careers. With continued hard work and dedication, I am sure their success will carry over to the collegiate game as well."
Navy has three four-star recruits in Amanda Keller (Jacksonville, Fla. / Creekside), Claudia Mackenzie (Surfside, Fla. / Ransom Everglades) and Kristine Rojo (Audubon, Pa. / Baldwin), while Jamie Rogers (Cary, N.C. / Cary) is a three-star recruit, according to TennisRecruiting.net.
Navy (21-8, 5-1 Patriot League) advanced to the Patriot League Semifinals for the fifth straight season in 2013-14 and the team reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight year.
Navy's Class of 2018
Amanda Keller | Fr. | 5-7 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Creekside
Personal: A three-year letterwinner for Creekside High School, where she graduated in 2014 ... four-time Florida State Champion with her junior team ... helped Creekside to a district championship in 2011 ... two-time USTA Junior Nationals Sportsmanship Award winner ... three-time All-First Coast (Jacksonville) Player of the Year ... had a 12-1 singles record as a junior with her only loss being in the Class 2A Florida State individual final ... did not play for her high school as a senior, but did play on the junior circuit ... ranked as high as No. 103 in the nation in her class in 2014 by TennisRecruiting.net and No. 22 among Florida prospects ... tabbed as a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net ... frequently volunteered at a local retirement home ... was also recruited by East Carolina and Southern Mississippi ... daughter of Jeff and Cheryl Keller ... mother, Cheryl, played collegiate tennis at Eastern Tennessee University ... Cheryl Keller also coached Amanda at Creekside.
Claudia Mackenzie | Fr. | 5-7 | Surfside, Fla. | Ransom Everglades
Personal: A six-year letterwinner in tennis at Ransom Everglades High School, where she graduated in 2014 ... led team to the 2014 Deco Turf National Invitational High School Tennis Championship in Louisville, Ky. ... Mackenzie was named the Deco Turf National Invitational Most Valuable Player ... helped team win the 2014 Florida State Class 1A Championship while playing at the No. 2 singles position ... helped team to three straight regional championships and four straight district titles ... named to the Miami Herald All-Dade First Team as a senior in 2014 ... two-time team captain ... ranked as high as No. 134 in the nation in her class as a senior by TennisRecruiting.net and was ranked No. 27 among Florida prospects ... tabbed as a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net ... also earned two letters in soccer and one in track and field at Ransom Everglades ... served as the president and vice-president of the French Club ... brother, Jeff Mackenzie, plays tennis at Johns Hopkins ... daughter of James and Manuela Mackenzie.
Jamie Rogers | Fr. | 5-6 | Cary, N.C. | Cary
Personal: A three-year letterwinner at Cary High School, where she graduated in 2014 ... won her conference's singles championship in 2012 with a 24-2 record ... won her conference's doubles championship in 2013 with a 27-2 record ... was the North Carolina State Class 4A runner-up in doubles in 2013 ... three-time all-state honoree ... three-time all-region and three-time all-conference ... three-time Team MVP ... named the conference player of the year in 2013 ... served as the team captain in 2013 ... ranked as the 17th best prospect in her class in the state of North Carolina by TennisRecruiting.net ... tabbed as a three-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net ... voted as the Cary High School Female Athlete of the Year for 2013-14 ... in 2013, posted a 10-0 record and helped her team advance to the regional while playing in a USTA 18 & 4.5 league ... Key Club member ... volunteered at a women's shelter and helped feed the homeless during the holidays ... honor student for all four years of high school ... also recruited by North Carolina Central, Howard and Xavier ... sister, Ashley, played tennis at North Carolina Central ... daughter of James and Bertha Rogers.
Kristine Rojo | Fr. | 5-4 | Audubon, Pa. | Baldwin
Personal: A three-year letterwinner at The Baldwin School, where she graduated in 2014 ... helped Baldwin to a pair of InterAC league championships ... two-time All-School InterAc individual champion at No. 1 singles ... two-time All-InterAc First-Team selection ... two-time All-Main Line First Team ... ranked as high as the No. 136 recruit in the nation in her class by TennisRecruiting.net as a senior and ranked seventh among Pennsylvania prospects ... tabbed as a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net ... received the 'Billie Jean King Character Award' and the 'Althea Gibson Leadership Award' ... member of the Robotics Club and Baldwin's English literature magazine, the Roman Candle ... traveled to India in 2012 for a service project ... daughter of Eduardo and Maria Rojo.