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North Carolina A&T Women’s Tennis Recruiting American Players

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North Carolina A&T Women’s Tennis Recruiting American Players

It’s kind of strange to be blogging about an HBCU that is actually looking for American Talent to fill their roster, but NC A&T’s coach Myers is doing just that. Looking to be competitive in the MEAC his first recruiting class consist of 6 American Juniors some which happen to be African American.  We Salute NC A&T for their efforts in a conference that normally defaults to international players to fill their roster.

GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T head women’s tennis coach Bruce Myers announced the signing of three recruits to the program for the 2015 season, on Tuesday. Nadia Hilton-Adams (Simpsonville, S.C./Southside High School), Khalia Powell (Chicago, IL/De La Salle Institute) and Alexus Morgan (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek High School) will try to elevate the Aggies to the top of the MEAC over their careers.

“There is no better feeling than being able to completely upgrade your tennis program in one day,” Myers said about the three signees. “By signing Khalia, Nadia and Alexus, we instantly become deeper and more talented.  Plus bringing in three players who will play up top in our lineup allows the rest of our team to play positions they will be more likely to do well in. Training with players of their level will help raise everyone’s game and make our practices lively and competitive. Needless to say, I cannot wait to get started this fall.”

Hilton-Adams has been the No. 1 singles and doubles player at Southside since her freshman year. She has also earned MVP and all-region honors throughout her high school career. Hilton-Adams also made an appearance on the Tennis Channel after she won a national essay contest that gave her opportunity to spend time with Maria Sharapova in a hitting session before the U.S. Open in 2011. She was also honored as Talk Magazine’s “25 Most Beautiful” thanks to her efforts in the Greenville, S.C., community.

“I have never seen anyone work harder or more frequently on their tennis game than Nadia,” Myers said.  “She’s also a model student-athlete who has founded her own nonprofit.”

Powell, a 3-star recruit, won the GCAC catholic league tournament and went 13-0 in the 2013 season. She also finished in the top 12 of the Illinois State tournament.

“Khalia is a monumental signing for our women’s tennis program,” said Myers. “She is a 3-star recruit who was heavily recruited at a bunch of quality schools.  She has three wins vs. 4-star players including girls who will be attending other NCAA Division I programs like Delaware and Butler this fall.  Khalia will play a pivotal role in quickly rebuilding our women’s tennis program.  She brings immediate respect to our program. I am thrilled to be able to work with her this fall.”

Morgan has Aggie pedigree. Her mother is a graduate of A&T. She is a 1-star player with wins over 2-star opponents. She trains in Charlotte with former A&T men’s tennis player Calvin Davis.

“She has had a lot involvement with Aggies over her lifetime, so she will come to A&T fully knowing what Aggie Pride is,” said Myers. “I think she will really flourish at the Division I level.”

 

 

Top Historically Black University Men’s Tennis Programs

Top Historically Black University Men Tennis Programs

Listed below are the top tennis programs for historically Black Universities.  The programs are not listed based on what I believe are the best.  Each school does have a team that actively competes in one of the three major black university conferences, all are division I or division II schools. There are four conferences  that are included in the listings the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) , MEAC (Mid Eastern Athletic Conference) , CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) and the SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).  All the schools have links to the tennis homepage on their school tennis websites .

MEAC

Florida A&M University Tennis
Hampton University Tennis
South Carolina State University Tennis
Maryland Eastern Shore Tennis
Bethune Cookman University Tennis
Howard University Tennis
Norfolk State University Tennis
Winston Salem State University Tennis
Delaware State University Tennis
Morgan State University Tennis

SWAC

Alcorn State University Tennis
Prairie View A&M Tennis
Alabama A&M Tennis
Alabama State Tennis
Arkansas Pine Bluff Tennis
Jackson State University Tennis

Other

Xavier University Tennis
North Carolina Central University Tennis
Chicago State University Tennis

CIAA

Virginia State University -Tennis

Shaw University – Tennis

Winston Salem State – Tennis

Lincoln – Tennis

Johnson C Smith – Tennis

Virginia Union – Tennis

St Augustine College – Tennis

SIAC

Morehouse University Tennis
Lemoyne Owen College Tennis
Stillman College Tennis
Fort Valley State University Tennis
Tuskegee University Tennis
Lane College Tennis
Benedict College Tennis

If you have questions please feel free to email me at tracy@tennisfutures.net.

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MEAC Announces Tennis All-Conference Honors

Howard University women’s and Florida A&M  University men’s tennis team swept top honors as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the 2010 All-MEAC tennis regular-season all-conference awards. All awards were voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Howard sophomore Michelle Brown was named the 2010 MEAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. Lady Bison head coach Larry Strickland was named MEAC Coach of the Year and Michelle Brown earned Rookie of the Year accolades.

On the men’s side, Florida A&M senior David Jackson garnered the 2010 Men’s Tennis Player of the Year honor. Rattlers’ head coach Dr. Carl Goodman was named Men’s Coach of the Year, while Takura Happy was named the 2010 MEAC Rookie of the Year.

Michelle Brown, a 2010 All-MEAC First-Team selection, tallied a 14-2 record at the number one and two single’s positions. She recorded an unblemished 5-0 mark in northern divisional play and 9-6 mark (4-0 MEAC) in doubles competition.

In 24 years at the helm of the Howard women’s tennis program, Larry Strickland has guided the Lady Bison to four MEAC tennis titles and earned several Outstanding Coach accolades. This season under his tutelage, Howard won their first divisional title with a 5-0 sweep of their northern counterparts and concluded the season with a 13-3 mark.

Brittney Morgan was unbeaten in the northern division with a 4-0 mark. The All-MEAC First-Team selection tallied a 13-2 overall record primarily at the number two singles position. In doubles action, she recorded a 7-8 mark including a 2-2 record in northern divisional action.

David Jackson posted a 3-0 mark in the southern division and an 12-11 overall record, including a 10-11 mark at the number one singles position and 2-0 mark at the number two spot. In doubles action, he recorded a 12-11 record including a 2-1 mark in conference play. In addition to Player of the year honors, Jackson was named to the 2010 All-MEAC First Team for the first time in his career.

The 2010 Men’s Coach of the Year honor is the second for Florida A&M’s Dr. Carl Goodman, who also won the accolade in 2006. Goodman, who is in his 13 year at FAMU, guided his team to an undefeated record (3-0) in MEAC play and 9-15 record overall.

Takura Happy, a 2010 All-MEAC First-Team honoree, posted a 13-10 overall mark and 3-0 record in southern divisional matches. He concluded the regular season winning seven of his last ten matches and tallied a 15-7 mark in doubles play.

Joining Brown and Morgan on the women’s All-MEAC First-Team are Florida A&M’s Rachel Pye, Hampton’s Jovana Sangria and South Carolina State teammates Maria Cracium, Laura Bosneag and Daria Sekerina.

Along with Happy and Jackson, Florida A&M’s Michael Moore earned men’s All-MEAC First-Team honors.  Hampton’s Nelio Mattos and Gellert Varga along with Norfolk State’s Arsenio Culver also earned first-team selections.

The MEAC Tennis Championships will begin on Friday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m. Tennis action continues on Saturday with semifinal play beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the women and noon for the men. The championships wraps up on Sunday, April 18 at 9 a.m. with the women’s championship final followed by the men’s championship finale at 11:30 a.m. The championship is free and open to the public.