Puryear Welcomes Class of 2016 to Navy Women's Tennis Squad
July 19, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy women's tennis head coach Keith Puryear has announced that seven members of the Class of 2016 have participated in induction ceremonies and will join the team this fall. The seven members represent five states as California and Indiana have two members each.
"This is the biggest class we have brought in and we think it will be one of the strongest we have had top to bottom," said Puryear, who owns a 55-17 record in four years at Navy. "They all have had fairly extensive junior experience and come from great areas of the country where they have been battle-tested. They all have the ability to challenge for starting spots and are very athletic and experienced. We are looking forward to them strengthening our lineup."
Puryear has developed a strong base from California as the 2012-13 roster will feature five student-athletes from the Golden State. However, Vivian Chau and Cassandra Fisbeck are Puryear's first recruits from southern California.
"There is just a lot of talent from California. All of our previous recruits from California have been from the northern part of the state, so it's nice to to get into southern California," said Puryear. "I wouldn't say we have a pipeline, but there is just so much talent and the Naval Academy is attractive to Californians because we have a huge presence out there."
Navy went 20-3 last year and reached the finals of the Patriot League Tournament for the second straight year. Navy returns all six starters and seven letterwinners as Puryear lost no members from last year's squad.
Logan Antill 5-4 Butler, Pa. Sewickley Academy
A 2012 graduate of Sewickley Academy, Antill lettered three times in tennis ... helped squad to the 2011 state championship ... won a state doubles title as a senior, teaming with Caroline Ross ... served as the team captain ... a three-star recruit and ranked No. 10 in the state of Pennsylvania by TennisRecruiting.net ... was a member of the Feeding Pittsburgh Club ... born Feb. 22, 1994, in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... daughter of Kevin and Celeste Antill ... visited Delaware and Xavier on recruiting trips ... high school teammate of Army recruit Eva Sung.
Mikaela Carlson 5-3 Carmel, Ind. Carmel H.S.
A 2012 graduate of Carmel High School, Carlson lettered four times in tennis ... led team to the 2009 and 2011 Indiana state titles ... was a four-time (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) all-state selection and served as the team captain during her junior and senior seasons ... won the deciding match in the state finals as a junior, a three-set triumph over an Evansville Memorial foe ... won the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award as a senior after finishing with a 20-2 singles record ... a three-star recruit and ranked No. 9 in the state of Indiana by TennisRecruiting.net ... team also reached the state finals as a sophomore and the semifinals as a senior ... owned a 4.31 GPA while ranking in the top three percent of her graduating class ... was a member of National Honor Society, student government, Student Venture and the Spanish Honor Society ... born June 6, 1993, in Indianapolis, Ind. ... daughter of Craig and Debbie Carlson ... mother, Debbie, played tennis for four years at Purdue and is still a tennis professional at the Indianapolis Racket Club ... started the Carmel Tennis Fundraiser which raises money for the Julian Center, a place that has been supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other life crises for 37 years ... also visited Army and Xavier.
Vivian Chau 5-4 Rowland Heights, Calif. John A. Rowland H.S.
Chau graduated from John A. Rowland High School in 2012, picking up two letters in tennis ... helped team to the league championship and a spot in the CIF state semifinals ... as an individual, Chau advanced to the state semifinal prelims ... won the Sportsmanship Award and was the San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year ... was the Chinese Club vice-president ... born Jan. 16, 1994 ... daughter of Danny and Alice Chau.
Sam Droop 5-11 Hilton Head Island, S.C. Palmetto State E-cademy
Graduated from the Palmetto State E-cademy in 2012 ... did not play high school tennis, but attended the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy ... won a state championship at Hilton Head High School in 2007 as a middle schooler and attended Super Nationals in Phoenix and Memphis ... was ranked No. 2 in the state of South Carolina and 36th in the Southeast Region while being a four-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net ... born April 10, 1994, in Trumble, Conn. ... daughter of Ronald and Sally Droop ... held offers from Louisiana-Lafayette and Coastal Carolina and went on visits to Clemson and Furman.
Cassandra Fisbeck 5-3 Granada Hills, Calif. Granada Hills Charter H.S.
Fisbeck graduated from Granada Hills Charter High School in 2012, picking up two letters in tennis ... helped team to three city titles (2009, 2011, 2012) ... won the Sportsmanship Award and finished third in the Los Angeles city section tournament ... was named a second-team singles player by the Los Angeles Daily News ... a three-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net ... born April 30, 1994, in Tarzana, Calif. ... daughter of Ron and Nerissa Fisbeck ... fell in love with Navy during her visit and made no other recruiting trips.
Katie Porter 5-7 Matthews, N.C. Providence H.S.
Porter lettered four times in tennis at Providence High School, before graduating in 2012 ... led team to the 2011 conference title ... was a 2012 team captain, team MVP and was selected all-conference and all-Mecklenburg County four times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) ... was the Charlotte Observer and Mecklenburg County Player of the Year as a senior after registering an 18-0 singles record ... won the Southwestern 4A individual title and 4A West Regional title ... was forced to miss the state tournament with a 103-degree temperature ... a four-star recruit while being ranked No. 5 in North Carolina according to TennisRecruiting.net ... competed in 26 USTA tournaments around the country, including the National Hard Court Championships in San Diego, the National Clay Court Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., and the Southern Cup in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... owned better than a 4.00 GPA in high school ... born June 16, 1994, in Durham, N.C. ... daughter of Ed and Kathy Porter ... visited Elon on a recruiting trip and also had interest from Davidson and North Carolina State.
Tracy Thorsell 5-11 Martinsville, Ind. Keystone National H.S.
A 2012 graduate of Keystone National, Thorsell lettered three times in tennis ... a three-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net ... born Nov. 14, 1993, in Lake Forest, Ill. ... also visited Evansville on a recruiting trip, receiving an offer from the Aces.
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