Cowgirl Tennis Announces Signees
Nov. 30, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head tennis coach Pam Davis announced today that four high-school seniors have signed national letters of intent with the University of Wyoming. The four student-athletes are: Jennifer Bowman of Sacramento, CA, Stacy Kneese from Montrose, CO, Jennifer Hancock of Spanish Fort, AL, and Toni Terhaar from Plymouth, MN.
Davis is very excited about the newcomers and stated, "I was very pleased with the chemistry among these student-athletes, they are exactly what I was looking for to build this program. Their national exposure and experience will benefit this team and this program.
"Out of the 215 girls at the National Hard Court Championships I was most pleased with these four. They all have specific qualities that will give us an advantage both on and off the court. All have an aggressive style of play. I am excited that they decided on Wyoming and believe 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 school career. 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 to be endorsed in Northern California and played in Girl's 18's Clay Court Championships, Intersectional Championships, and National Championships. She plans to study science or math while attending the University and is the daughter of Chris and Jean Bowman.
"Jenny is a very athletic and goal oriented girl that should see immediate action at the top of the line up next fall." says coach Davis, "Her national exposure and national tournament play should help her to make an immediate impact. Her high energy and positive attitude should be 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 to the Cowgirl squad. She was ranked number two in the Colorado Girls 18's and was in the top five in the Intermountain Section in Girls 18's. Before moving to Colorado, Kneese lived and trained in Florida, where she gained invaluable experience and success. She plans on studying business or education while enrolled at the University and is the daughter of Ed and Lynn Kneese.
"Stacy's national exposure and strong junior rankings both from when she lived in Florida and in Colorado will add immediate strength at the top of the line up next fall." Davis says, "I look for Stacy to bring experience and leadership at the top positions in singles. She is a powerful all court player with a natural backhand and will definitely make a very strong collegiate player."
Jennifer Hancock, Spanish Fort, Alabama (Daphne)
Hancock has had a tremendous amount of success throughout her career and 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 the 6A State Championships at #1 singles for the past two years and was awarded the Sportsmanship Award at the Blue Grey Invitational in 1999. Hancock won the Alabama Junior Qualifier and was a qualifier for the 18's National Clay Courts and Hard Courts Tournament. In September of this year, Hancock was also ranked Alabama's number one player for the Junior/Fed Cup. She plans on a career in broadcasting and is the daughter of Charles and Sharon Hancock.
"Jennifer's maturity and composure will add strength immediately to the line up next fall. I need someone with those characteristics to make an immediate impact. Her height at 5'11" and strength will definitely make her 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 a national standing. During her high school career, Terhaar has played on the varsity squad for six years, two years at the number two spot and four at the number one position. She has been nominated MVP for the last three years and has been all conference for the past five years. During her senior season, Terhaar has been selected as team captain and has been a great leader for her team. She is interested in education and is the daughter of Joe and Joyce Terhaar.
"Toni is left handed and will be a huge asset for our team in that
respect." says Davis, "Her athleticism, positive attitude and
motivation to improve should be a tremendous addition towards the new
team next year."
Overall Davis said she is most pleased with the abilities that each of the signees will bring to the court. "I am most impressed with the individual abilities and with the aggressive all court play that each of these girls have." says Davis, "I am confident that they will make an immediate impact on our team and our program."