Annaliese County (Highland, Utah) signed with the Utah State women’s tennis team for the 2018-19 season. County is the No. 2-ranked player in Utah, No. 5 in the region and No. 204 in the country, as well as a four-star recruit.

“Annaliese has just scratched the surface of the level of tennis player she is going to become at the collegiate level," head coach Sean 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.”

Recently, USU Athletics caught up with County to ask her a few questions about herself and why she chose Utah State.

Why did you choose Utah State?

“What really sold me on choosing USU was coach Sean. We clicked from the start. I can see myself flourishing at Utah State both in the classroom and on the court. I’m beyond excited to get to know coach Sean better, as well as my teammates.”

How would you describe your relationship with coach McInerney?

“We get along quite well. I can’t wait to start working with him.”

How would you describe your style of play?

“I’m an all-around player with a strong forehand and serve. I feel that I have a lot of room for growth and can’t wait to become an even better tennis player with the help of my new coach.”

What are you planning on majoring in while at USU?

“I plan on following in my mom’s footsteps and majoring in accounting.”

What is your favorite movie?

“My favorite movie is The Revenant. It helped further my understanding of American culture in the 1800s and the culture of the people during this time period. I was able to use this knowledge to help pass my AP History test.”

What is your favorite food?

“I love all food, but I can never turn down pasta.”

Who is your favorite professional tennis player?

“My favorite tennis player is Roger Federer because you can always count on an amazing match every time he walks on the court.”

Utah State women’s tennis returns to the courts to host Southern Utah on Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. MT, as part of eight home matches for the season.

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.