AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn women’s tennis and head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner announced the signing of three highly-touted prospects on Friday.
Lizette Cabrera (Brisbane, Australia), Alannah Griffin (Birmingham, England) and Caroline Turner (Dallas, Texas) have all signed national letters of intent to compete for the Tigers. Cabrera will enroll in January and join the team just in time for the dual-match season, while Griffin and Turner will join Auburn’s squad for the 2015-16 year.
“We are proud to announce the newest members to join the Auburn Tennis Family. Lizette, Alannah and Caroline are three outstanding tennis players and even better young ladies,” Meisner said. “Their talent, character and work ethic are exactly what we look for to represent Auburn University at the highest level.”
Cabrera could make an immediate impact in Auburn’s lineup when she enrolls in January. She joins the Tigers with an impressive résumé boasting a WTA World Ranking of 754 and reaching as high as No. 64 in the ITF Junior Rankings.
Griffin comes to Auburn from across the pond with an ITF ranking of 271 and a current British Open Ranking of 42. She has won a British junior doubles championship and was also the runner-up in doubles in 2013. Griffin brings a wealth of international playing experience to Auburn’s team for next season.
Turner is the top-ranked prospect in the state of Texas and is also the No. 1 player in the Gulf States region by TennisRecruiting.net. She’s currently ranked No. 424 by the ITF and is the nation’s 47th-ranked overall recruit and a 5-star player. Turner has collected a 40-28 Junior USTA record.
Meisner on Lizette: “Lizette will make an immediate impact for us in singles and doubles. She brings strong international experience to our team. She has an outstanding work ethic and has set high goals for herself to be one of the best. We’re excited for her to join our team soon and help us continue to compete for championships within our conference as well as on the national level.”
Alannah Griffin - Under 14’s National Champion at 13 years old, Under 16’s National Doubles Champion 2012, Runner Up 18’s National Doubles Tournament ... represented England at Under 12, 14 and 16 age groups in the Four Nations Championships ... Represented England at Under 12, 14 and 16 age groups in the Four Nations Championships ... Selected to represent Great Britain for the International Lawn Tennis Club Junior U16 Challenge.
Meisner on Alannah: “Alannah is exactly the type of player we were looking for to come in and make an immediate impact in both singles and doubles. She is extremely athletic and has both the power and consistency to be able to play against the top players in the SEC. She is a great doubles player and has international experience that will help her against the top players in the SEC. Much like Caroline, Alannah is mentally tough and has the character that we look for to help lead this team. We feel she will help elevate our team to the next level in the SEC and nationally.”
Caroline Turner - 5-Star Junior Recruit from Dallas, Texas ... Holds a 40-28 Junior USTA record ... Ranked 47th nationally by TennisRecruiting.net ... No. 1 prospect in Texas and No. 1 in Gulf States Region ... ITF ranked No. 424 ... Trains at the prestigious Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Florida and The Lake Country Club in Dallas ... Daughter of Chris & Mary Beth Turner.
Meisner on Caroline: “We are very excited about signing Caroline, she is an all court player that I feel will give our team a lot of depth to the singles lineup and will be a very aggressive doubles player. The girl is just about as hard of a worker as you can find. She wants to improve, she is someone who is going to give every inch of herself in every point and we are eager to see her playing for the Tigers.”
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