July 23, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut tennis head coach Glenn Marshall announces the signing of four recruits to the 2013 class on Thursday. Two student-athletes from Massachusetts and one each from Connecticut and North Carolina have signed their National Letters of Intent to play at UConn in the fall of 2009.
Sarah Griffin (Cheshire, Conn.) earned all-league honors for four seasons and was garnered with all-area honors three times in her tennis career at Cheshire High School. An all-state honoree and twice named team MVP, Griffin guided her team to the Southern Connecticut Conference Champion title two times. She was the conference MVP once while also having served as the team captain for a season.
While at Cheshire, Griffin reached the State Open quarterfinals and was a team state finalist, posting an overall 77-14 singles record. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was acknowledged for her academic achievements with the Connecticut Superintendent's Award in 2009.
Lauren Wilmarth (Andover, Mass.) is ranked among the top 250 recruits in the nation with a four-star rating according to Tennisrecruiting.net. The 2009 graduate of Phillips Academy served as the team captain in her final two seasons and led her team to its first-ever New England Prep School AC Tournament title with a single match win over her Milton opponent. From the No. 2 singles spot she was undefeated her senior season (9-0), marking the second time she went undefeated in her high school career. As a sophomore Wilmarth was part of a doubles team that finished the 2008 season with an unblemished record.
She was twice named an Eagle Tribune All-Star (2007; 2008) and was the recipient of the New England Sportsmanship Award in 2006 and 2007. Wilmarth earned the 2008 New England William Hoblitzelle Award.
Wilmarth competed with the New England Zone Team and was an alternate for the New England 18 National Team. She achieved a No. 5 Girls 18 United States Tennis Association (USTA) ranking and was ranked No. 200 nationally. In 2008, Wilmarth was crowned the New England Clay Court Champion in both singles and doubles.
An honor student at Phillips, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston, Mass.
Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) is UConn women's tennis second recruit from the state of Massachusetts this year and is also among the top players in the state. McKeon is the No. 6 ranked player in the state and 13th in New England. A member of the Westford Academy tennis team, McKeon lost just one match in her entire career. She also competes for the Manchester Athletic 18 Singles Club.
McKeon was the top singles player at Westford and was acknowledged as the team's most valuable player three times. She earned DCL All-Star accolades four times and served as the team captain her final two seasons. In addition to her team accolades, she was named to the Boston Globe's All-Scholastic team.
Both McKeon and Wilmarth competed at the USTA National Girls 18 Open in 2007. McKeon also competed in 2008.
Julia Allen (Raleigh, N.C.), a member of the NCIHSAA Team State Champion squad in 2004, earned the Championship title at No. 1 singles herself that season. She was twice named the North Carolina Player of the Year (2005; 2006) while also pulling in St. David's School MVP Honors twice.
She earned All-North Carolina Team honors two times and was the recipient of all-conference accolades for three years. Allen was ranked among the top 101 in the nation according to the USTA.
Academically, Allen has been on the Headmaster's List at St. David's School each year and earned Cum Laude recognition on the National Latin Exam for two years, earning Magna Cum Laude in 2007. She has been a member of the National Honor Society since 2003.
The women's tennis season begins this fall with the Fairfield Doubles Invitational on September 13. Last season's Huskies concluded the season with an overall 7-12 mark, including BIG EAST wins over Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova.