Cheney, Wash – Shortly after finalizing its 2014-2015 season, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team has added two incoming recruits to its 2015-16 roster, as announced by head coach Dustin Hinson on Thursday, May 21.
The Eagles will add Faye Worrall and Jennifer Lewis, two players who have had both local and national playing experience in their respective countries.
Worrall, who is from Warrington, Cheshire County, United Kingdom, will join Eastern after making an impact in the junior level across the pond. Most recently, Worrall was the number one nationally ranked player for the Women's Winter Regional Leaderboard in 2014-15. Worrall has represented Cheshire Country over 20 times in regional play, in addition to qualifying for the National Junior Wimbledon Finals in 2011 and 2012.
"I am really excited about Faye coming in next year," said Hinson. "Over in the U.K., they have individual seasons, and she was able to finish number one in the entire country for the winter portion. Seeing her success is encouraging as a coach, but in addition to her talent, she has an incredible work ethic. Faye is at a point where she constantly puts in the time because she just wants to be that much better. She has aspirations to play tennis at the professional level after she finishes college, which shows that she is ready to work hard during her time here at Eastern. I can see that with her commitment and effort that she really wants to be the best that she can be."
Lewis, who has ties to the state of Washington, will join the team as a walk on after recently confirming her intent to enroll. After playing four years at Camas High School, Lewis secured a number of accolades including a first place finish in the Washington State doubles tournament in 2014, four consecutive letters for tennis, and a current top ten ranking in the Pacific Northwest Region by the United State Tennis Association (USTA). Additionally, Lewis led Camas H.S. to its first ever bi-district tournament win in the 2011-2012 season.
"I am also really excited to welcome one of the best in the state of Washington in Jennifer Lewis to our Eagle tennis family," said Hinson. "Jennifer is ranked inside the top 10 in the Pacific Northwest and is a great tennis talent in both singles and doubles play. I'm very excited about her doubles experience, as she has won a state doubles title and is looking to repeat that again this year. Additionally, Jennifer has the dedication and enthusiasm I am always looking for in a student athlete. She's used to working hard and she is ready to carry that forward into the Division I tennis arena."
Both players will add depth to Eastern, as the team returns every member of this year's squad, including senior Moira Hedberg, who redshirted the 2014-15 season, a year after earning All-Big Sky First Team honors.