U of M Women's Tennis Adds In-State Recruit to 2009-10 Recruiting Class
Nov. 19, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis program announced the addition of Kelly Gray to the 2009-10 recruiting class. Gray, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is a three-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net. She is the third-rated recruit in the state of Tennessee, and the 62nd rated recruit in the Southeast region.
"Kelly has not even tapped into her potential and is already an extremely solid player," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "She will develop quickly into a top college player after adapting to our regime. We expect her to make a huge impact right away."
Gray is the second recruit for the Lady Tigers' 2009-10 recruiting class, joining Courtney Collins, the top-rated recruit from Mississippi. Gray defeated Collins at the Bullfrog Southern Junior Cup at the Champions Club in Lupton City, Tenn., in mid-September. She advanced to the round of 16 at the Bullfrog Southern Designated Tournament in Mobile, Ala., with two victories. Gray was the TSSAA Tennis State Champion in 2008. She won the USTA Tennessee Sportsmanship Award in 2006 for her attitude on the court. Gray has been the Tennis Athlete of the Year at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro for the past three seasons.
Off of the court, Gray maintains a 3.94 GPA and ranks in the top of her class. She became a member of the National Honor Society in 2008. She has also donated her time to being a Boys and Girls Club Tennis Instructor, as well as volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and for both the Red Cross Heartwalk and the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk.
"Having grown up in a Memphis Tiger home, I am excited about the pride and spirit Kelly will bring to the team," Walker said. "She is a key ingredient as to what we are trying to do with the women's tennis program here at the university."
Gray will join Ashley Murdock and Lindsey Wiseman as native Tennesseeans on the U of M roster next season. Coach Walker and his staff are looking to replace senior Kristin Chamberlain, who will finish her run with the Tigers this season.