SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University women's tennis head coach Barbara Cilli is proud to announce the addition of two Bulldog student-athletes, making up the Class of 2017 NLI signees.
The Bryant women's tennis program will welcome Ryan Brown (Austin, Texas) and Marion Bouillin (San Diego, Calif.) to an already talented group of Bulldogs in 2013.
"We are especially excited for this year's class," said head coach Barbara Cilli. "Neither girl is afraid to attack the net, matched with their versatility and overall athleticism; they will add great depth to the program."
This year's signees hail from California and Texas, a first for the Bryant women's tennis program.
"Tapping into areas where there is strong tennis played is something that will add to the overall strength, depth and toughness of our squad," added Cilli.
Ryan Brown | Austin, Texas
A four-year letterwinner at Lake Travis H.S. in Austin, Texas … Helped lead her team to a second place overall finish at the Texas State Championships as a junior … Won state title in girls doubles as a junior … Ranked 16th in the state of Texas and 173 Nationally … In the past year alone, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Qualifier, finished eighth at the Texas Excellence Invitational, won the doubles event at a Super Champ Major Zone in Houston, and advanced to the round of 16 in the BCS Super Champ Major Zone tourney … Received the Set 2 Serve mentor award twice for community service … Member of National Honor Society.
"College will be where Ryan realizes her true potential and we look forward to bringing that out of her," noted coach Cilli. "I am anxious to watch Ryan as she transitions to college tennis. She is tall, athletic and has quick hands—what's not to be excited about!"
Marion Bouillin | San Diego, Calif.
A four-year letterwinner at tennis powerhouse Torrey Pines H.S. in San Diego, Calif. … Helped lead her team to four consecutive CIF Championships … Selected as first team All-Palomar League all four years of her high school career … Palomar League doubles champion in 2011 … Palomar League singles champion in 2012 … Winner of the 2012 Annual Metropolitan Girls 16's doubles, the 2012 RPTC Adrian Waisfield and Cucuracho Open, and the 2012 Wilbur Folsom Memorial Open for G 18's … Currently ranked 48 in the state of California for her class and 197 Nationally … Four-time winner of the Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete Award … Four–time Torrey Pines H.S. Scholar Athlete.
"Marion has a high level of energy and intensity that she will be bringing out onto the court with her next fall and I know it will become contagious," added Cilli. "It's just the kind of passion for the sport we are looking for in our recruits. Marion's energy and love of the game is what makes her such a great player. We are looking forward to watching her in action as she begins to make her mark on our program."
The Bulldogs will continue their already successful season on Feb.16 when they head to Siena for a duel match.
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