Jan. 28, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women's tennis head coach Glenn Marshall announced that student-athletes Summer Aliyah Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Huskies for the 2014-15 season.
"I am very excited to welcome Summer and Zaina to our women’s tennis program here at UConn next fall," state Marshall. "Both players have earned outstanding junior tennis records and accomplishments, in addition to excellent academic achievement. They will both make an immediate impact to our program both on and off the court."
Walker comes to Storrs from Conyers, Georgia as a 4-star recruit, earning a national ranking of No. 102 on TennisRecruiting.net. She placed second in the world at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environmental Project Olympiad in Houston, Texas. She was also the recipient of the USTA Clay Court Championships Sportsmanship Award.
"I'm excited to be a part of the women's tennis team at UConn because the university has such a renowned athletic background on top of their strong academics standings," commented Walker. "I believe it is a perfect for a student-athlete."
Zaki will come to UConn from West Chester, Pennsylvania. On the court, she was ranked No. 192 in the national rankings by TennisRecruiting.net. Zaki placed sixth at the Level 3 tournament this past June in Scranton and won a round at the National Clay Court Championships. She is ranked 8th in the state of Pennsylvania according to TennisRecruiting.net.
Off the courts, she is a member of her high school's National Honor Society and elected as one of six Student-Student Counselors (Peer Mediation). She has captained her school's tennis team and earned "Player of the Year "and "Queen of the County" honors by her local paper, the Daily Local.