NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee State women’s tennis team will add two more student-athletes for the 2016-17 season as Head Coach Monroe Walker III announced the signing of Ashia Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Zina Graves (Riverdale, Ga.) to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday.
Jones will enter TSU as a freshman in the fall after completing her high school career at Stephenson High School. She played No. 1 singles throughout her high school career and was undefeated all four years. Jones ranked 79th in the USTA.
“Ashia is a very athletic player,” Walker III said. “She comes from a strong athletic background, and she will bring great work ethic to the team. She will bring depth to the women’s team and help us out tremendously. We are happy to have her next fall.”
Graves played at Anointed Word Christian Schools International in Ellenwood, Ga. The Riverdale, Ga. native ranks 270 in the USTA National Rankings. She was a four-star recruit, according to Tennisrecruiting.net, and was coached by her father, Sam Graves.
“We are excited to add Zina to our upcoming recruiting class,” Walker III commented. “She has a great all-around game and comes from a strong tennis background. I was very impressed with her fight and I-hate-to-lose attitude. We need that on the ladies side and she will add much needed grit to the team. Her competitive nature is something that can't be taught. I look forward to having her on campus this fall.”
Jones and Graves join the recruiting class that also includes Ella Perinovic (Zagreb, Croatia) who signed a financial aid agreement to transfer to TSU from Western Michigan.