Lady Tigers Sign Top Recruit in Mississippi
Nov. 14, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Courtney Collins, a five-star recruit out of Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss., signed a NLI with Lee Taylor Walker and the University of Memphis women's tennis program, becoming the first women's tennis signee for the 2009-10 season.
Collins is the No. 1 tennis player in the state of Mississippi and the 26th-ranked player in the Southeast Region per TennisRecruiting.net. She is currently rated as the 72nd-rated recruit in the nation according to the same site. Collins was a highly recruited talent and chose Memphis over Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Murray State, Tennessee, Louisville, Mississippi State and others.
"Courtney has All-American potential and it's going to be fun to coach her up to that level," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "She is incredibly athletic and competitive and will make a huge impact immediately upon her arrival."
Collins, who will join the Tigers in the fall of 2009, was the state singles champion in Mississippi the past three years. She was also her division's champion for the last four years. Collins helped lead the Itawamba Indians to the division championship and the state semi-finals. During the last two seasons she represented the state of Mississippi in the Junior Davis Cup. Collins currently boasts a 29-11 mark during 2008. She recently advanced to the finals of the River Hills Junior Open in Jackson, Miss. In April, Collins was named the victor at the Aquafina RTC Junior Open in Ridgeland, Miss. She defeated UCF recruit Allison Hodges, a Germantown product, in the finals. She also had great results from two Southern Designated tourneys, picking up wins over Virginia Tech signee, Emily Lauten, and LSU signee, Ebie Wilson.
Off of the tennis court, Collins maintains a 4.0 cumulative GPA and currently stands as potential valedictorian of her class. She also was a member of Itawamba's varsity girl's basketball team, Future Business Leaders of America and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Collins has also spent much of her time volunteering in community service projects.
"Courtney comes from a solid family with great values," Walker said. "I am more excited about her discipline, work ethic and character than I am about her tennis talent. There's no doubt she is going to be a great tennis player, but she is also going to be a great leader, role model, and woman of character during and after her time here at the University of Memphis."
Collins will be the only member of the team of the state of Mississippi next season. The Lady Tigers are looking to replace one senior from this year's squad, Kristin Chamberlain, who will graduate in the spring.