Dec. 5, 2007
Two highly-ranked players have signed letters of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play for the women's tennis squad, interim head coach Darren Haworth announced. The signees, Caitlin Bampton and Kelsey Knight, will begin their Eastern careers in 2008-09.
Bampton is a top-ranked juniors player out of Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Wash. Last year Bampton won the Big Nine district title and placed seventh at the state tournament. She works with Rob Knox, a top coach in the Northwest and father of current EWU No. 1 player Kasey Knox.
"Caitlin was one of the top recruits coming out of the Northwest, so we are very excited that she chose to come to Eastern," Haworth said. "I believe she will make an immediate impact in our lineup next season. I'm really looking forward to having Caitlin on the team, as she has a tremendous work ethic."
Knight was a top-20 junior in Georgia before moving to Folsom, Calif., and seeing her ranking climb over the last year. She has played No. 1 singles throughout her high school career and won the Delta River League singles championship.
"Kelsey is training at one of the best academies in northern California and is able to practice with a lot of talented players," Haworth said. "Kelsey has had some great juniors results, and I expect her all-court style of play to help her transition to the collegiate level. I believe she will help take our program to the next level."
The current Eagle squad begins its 2008 spring campaign with a road match against Washington State on Jan. 19. First serve will take place at 10 a.m.