December 1, 2009

WOMEN'S TENNIS SIGNS PAIR OF STANDOUTS TO NLI

December 1, 2009

BRYANT WOMEN'S TENNIS SIGNS TWO STUDENT-ATHLETES TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT

 

May Vickers is currently ranked eighth in Colorado
Stephanie Smyers is ranked 13th in Pennsylvania

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - Bryant University is pleased to announce the signing of student-athletes May Vickers (Montrose, Colorado) and Stephanie Smyers (Pittsburg, Pa.) to National Letters of Intent to enroll and participate in intercollegiate women's tennis at the school in the fall of 2010.  The announcement was made today by head coach Barbara Cilli and Director of Athletics Bill Smith.

"We're excited about this recruiting class," said coach Cilli.  "Not only are May and Stephanie strong students, but as athletes, they're continuing to peak in their sport.  They're incredibly enthusiastic and we're looking forward to them playing a big role in our success as we continue to establish ourselves at Division I."   

Vickers, a senior at Montrose High School, was the Colorado Western Slope Open Champion in 2008 and captured two CHSAA Regional Championships in 2008 and 2009.  During the past two seasons, she is 38-3 at No. 1 singles for coach Bruce Herr.  During her career, she played ITF tournaments from age 13-14 and USTA from ages 15-18 earning a state ranking of No. 8 as well as No. 16 in the region and nationally No. 347.  In addition, she won the Sportsmanship Award at the USTA National Tournament in 2008 and chosen as a student-athlete leader in the Team Captain's Network of Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA).  She is a member of the National Honor Society member and Principle's Honor Roll.

Smyers, a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford, Pa., is a four-year letterwinner in tennis and qualified for the PIAA State Championship in 2008.  The 2009 team captain, she was the 2005 USTA Middle States Most Improved Player recipient and member of the USTA Zonal States 12, 14, and 16 year old teams. Recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award and member of the National Honor Society, Smyers was the 2008 recipient of the 2008 President's Educational Award.  She is currently ranked 13th in Pennsylvania by tennisrecruiting.net and ranked No. 63 in the Middle Atlantic and 417th nationally.

Bryant University, located in Smithfield, R.I., is a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC) and currently in its second year of Division I competition.

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