Nov. 30, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head tenniscoach Pam Davis announced today that four high-school seniors havesigned national letters of intent with the University of Wyoming. Thefour student-athletes are: Jennifer Bowman of Sacramento, CA, StacyKneese from Montrose, CO, Jennifer Hancock of Spanish Fort, AL, and ToniTerhaar from Plymouth, MN.
Davis is very excited about the newcomers and stated, "I was verypleased with the chemistry among these student-athletes, they areexactly what I was looking for to build this program. Their nationalexposure and experience will benefit this team and this program.
"Out of the 215 girls at the National Hard Court Championships I wasmost pleased with these four. They all have specific qualities thatwill give us an advantage both on and off the court. All have anaggressive style of play. I am excited that they decided on Wyoming andbelieve that they will help us have a very successful 2000-2001 season."
Jennifer Bowman, Sacramento, California (Rio Americano)
Bowman has experienced a very competitive and successful high schoolcareer. She was ranked sixth in Northern California in the Girls 16's,while having a national ranking of 82nd. In 1999, she was one of six tobe endorsed in Northern California and played in Girl's 18's Clay CourtChampionships, Intersectional Championships, and NationalChampionships. She plans to study science or math while attending theUniversity and is the daughter of Chris and Jean Bowman.
"Jenny is a very athletic and goal oriented girl that should seeimmediate action at the top of the line up next fall." says coach Davis,"Her national exposure and national tournament play should help her tomake an immediate impact. Her high energy and positive attitude shouldbe great assets to the new and young team for next year."
Stacy Kneese, Montrose, Colorado (Montrose)
Kneese comes to Wyoming from Colorado and will be a great addition tothe Cowgirl squad. She was ranked number two in the Colorado Girls18's and was in the top five in the Intermountain Section in Girls18's. Before moving to Colorado, Kneese lived and trained in Florida,where she gained invaluable experience and success. She plans onstudying business or education while enrolled at the University and isthe daughter of Ed and Lynn Kneese.
"Stacy's national exposure and strong junior rankings both from whenshe livedin Florida and in Colorado will add immediate strength at the top of theline up nextfall." Davis says, "I look for Stacy to bring experience and leadershipat the top positionsin singles. She is a powerful all court player with a natural backhandand will definitelymake a very strong collegiate player."
Jennifer Hancock, Spanish Fort, Alabama (Daphne)
Hancock has had a tremendous amount of success throughout her careerand will bring needed experience and confidence to the Wyoming team.She was ranked number one in Alabama during her high school career,while also being ranked 35th in the Southern Section. She has won the6A State Championships at #1 singles for the past two years and wasawarded the Sportsmanship Award at the Blue Grey Invitational in 1999.Hancock won the Alabama Junior Qualifier and was a qualifier for the18's National Clay Courts and Hard Courts Tournament. In September ofthis year, Hancock was also ranked Alabama's number one player for theJunior/Fed Cup. She plans on a career in broadcasting and is thedaughter of Charles and Sharon Hancock.
"Jennifer's maturity and composure will add strength immediately to theline up next fall. I need someone with those characteristics to make animmediate impact. Her height at 5'11" and strength will definitely makeher a very successful college player." says Davis.
Toni Terhaar, Plymouth, Minnesota (Wayzata)
Terhaar will provide the Wyoming team with experience and enthusiasum.She is currently ranked number three in the Northern Section and has anational standing. During her high school career, Terhaar has played onthe varsity squad for six years, two years at the number two spot andfour at the number one position. She has been nominated MVP for thelast three years and has been all conference for the past five years.During her senior season, Terhaar has been selected as team captain andhas been a great leader for her team. She is interested in educationand is the daughter of Joe and Joyce Terhaar.
"Toni is left handed and will be a huge asset for our team in thatrespect." says Davis, "Her athleticism, positive attitude andmotivation to improve should be a tremendous addition towards the newteam next year."
Overall Davis said she is most pleased with the abilities that each ofthe signees will bring to the court. "I am most impressed with theindividual abilities and with the aggressive all court play that each ofthese girls have." says Davis, "I am confident that they will make animmediate impact on our team and our program."