HARRISONBURG, Va. - The James Madison women's tennis team has signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Maria Malerba announced today. The Dukes add Rachel Nelson, Alexandra Huie and Emily Bradshaw to the roster for the 2013-14 season.
"This year, we have the biggest turnover that I have ever experienced during my time at JMU. Replacing almost half of your team is a big challenge," Malerba says of losing three seniors to graduation in spring 2013. "I am very excited about the level and quality of each of these athletes, both on and off the court. I know that we are not rebuilding, but we are reloading for the 2013-14 school year. This is definitely one of the strongest freshman classes we have recruited."
Rachel Nelson on Signing Day
"Rachel's strength is her baseline game," Malerba highlighted. "She should have no trouble adapting to tennis at the collegiate level."
Huie, a 5'7" right-hander out of Woodlands, Texas, is also a
four-star recruit according to
"Alex has an all-court game that will contribute to both the singles and doubles lineup. Her game will definitely grow and mature throughout her college years," Malerba asserted.
"Emily is known for her work ethic and ability to stay on the court until the job is done," Malerba said. "She will definitely help strengthen our singles lineup next year."
JMU women's tennis returns to the courts for the spring dual season on Sunday, January 27. The Dukes face Appalachian State and George Mason in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.