Utah State women's tennis head coach Sean McInerney has announced the signing of two netters for the 2018 season in Sidnee Lavatai (Murray, Utah) and Annaliese County (Highland, Utah).
"I absolutely love this recruiting class. They fit into the Aggie culture perfectly and want to become great college players," McInerney said. "They have great work ethics, and both will improve tremendously in the environment we create at Utah State. I am excited for our program and for them as individuals as they join our program.”
Lavatai is the No. 1-ranked player in the state of Utah and is No. 5 in the region. Lavatai, a four-star recruit, was also ranked in the top 200 in the United States. As a freshman in high school, Lavatai was a 4A semifinalist in singles.
“Sidnee is a very talented player that has a tremendous upside and is going to come in and immediately help our program," McInerney said. "She has a (really) big serve and forehand and has worked extremely hard in the past year on her conditioning and quickness. She is going to be a great college player, and we are very lucky to have her joining our program.”
County is the No. 2-ranked player in Utah and No. 6 in the region, as well as ranked No. 210 in the country and a four-star recruit.
“Annaliese has just scratched the surface of the level of tennis player she is going to become at the college level," McInerney said. "She is a good athlete, has a great competitive mindset, good serve and solid overall game. I really believe that she is going to explode in college and become an elite player. We are excited to have her joining our program.”
Ashley Springer is a student at Utah State University studying journalism and communication. Springer is an intern with the USU athletic department's media relations.