Women's Tennis Signs Two

As Mountaineer basketball fans continue to wait for official word on hoop signings, women's tennis coach Dan Silverstein has announced the commitments of two nationally ranked tennis players.

The first signee is Catherine Koontz of Lexington, North Carolina. Koontz compiled a 29-0 conference record in 2000 on the way to a 90-5 career mark.

Koontz is the number three ranked 18 and under player in North Carolina and is also ranked in the top 200 nationally.

Off the court, Koontz is a member of the National Honor Society and carries a 5.273 GPA. She is a finlist for the High School Heisman award.

The second signee is Raynie Theis of Bloomington, Minnesota. Theis played number one singles for three years at Bloomington and is also in the top 200 nationally.

Not to be outdone in the classroom, Theis carries a 4.0 GPA.

"There are no limits to [Koontz'] potential at WVU. She will really help out the team next year in either the five or six singles spot as a freshman," said coach Silverstein. "I think that Raynie can be an impact player on the team next year as a freshman. Her serve and volley, combined with her aggressive game is what attracted me to her."

The current season is Silverstein's first at WVU, replacing long time mentor Martha Thorn. His team showed improvement in the just-concluded fall campaign, and begins play for the spring semester on January 26 at Ohio State.


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