OMAHA, Neb. - Head women's tennis coach Tom Lilly has announced the signing of four women's tennis players for next year, taking the court in the fall of 2011 and the spring 2012 season. Jennie Hartjes of Woodbury, Minn. and Elizabeth Vermillion of Roswell, Ga., will join Illinois recruits Amanda Noonan (Tinley Park) and Taylor Koehrsen (E. Peoria) in this year's class.
"We are very excited to add all four of these players," said Lilly. "Not only are they strong tennis players, but they are all very strong in the classroom and each has a wealth of experience working in their respective communities."
Hartjes comes to Creighton after finishing ranked #2 in the state of Minnesota according to tennisrecruiting.net (TRN). The left-handed player brings in a strong serve and has been rated a four-star recruit by TRN most of her career. A 2011 graduate of Cretin-Derham High School is ranked #8 by TRN in the Plains states, which includes eight different states in the Midwest. The daughter of Jay and Mary Sue, Hartjes will add depth to the Bluejay tennis team next season.
"I believe Jennie will be able to make an immediate impact in the top half our line up as a freshman," said Lilly. "She has a very good left-handed serve and is able to finish points at the net very well. We will be able to use that to our advantage in doubles play next season, strengthening our doubles teams."
The #19 ranked player in Georgia, Vermillion is a three star recruit (TRN). The Marist High School star has led her team to the Georgia State Championships two years in a row, winning it both, and named the Singles Player of the Year on the 2009 championship team. The daughter of Kevin and Alison, Vermillion will also be called upon immediately next season.
Says Lilly "Elizabeth is an aggressive baseline player that should be able to compete for a spot in the top half of our line up right away. She is a very competitive person that will only get better with her continued will to succeed, something we always love to have at Creighton."
A two star recruit from Providence High School, Noonan comes from a talent-filled Illinois background. Voted the team's most valuable player two years in a row, Noonan is ranked #19 in the state of Illinois by tennisrecruiting.net. The daughter of Steven and Patricia will be called upon to add depth to the Bluejay line up starting in the fall.
"Amanda has competed well in a state that has many talented tennis players," said Lilly. "She continues to improve and I feel she will have a good shot at making out starting line up as a freshman and will add to the depth of our team right away."
Koehrsen comes into Creighton with two Peoria Journal Star Player of the Year awards under her belt. The Metamora Township High School product is ranked #20 in Illinois by TRN and is a two star recruit for the Jays. The daughter of Craig and Lisa Clarke-Koehrsen will bring an athletic background into the program next season.
"Like Amanda, Taylor has always been competitive in Illinois, which is a very competitive state for tennis. She has the athletic ability to play at a high level and I feel that she will thrive in our program as I know her best tennis is still ahead of her," said Lilly.
"All four of our recruits come from very good families and I know they will all be supporting the Bluejay tennis team for years to come. Adding these players to a team that will return our top four from this season (Anna Kirshenbaum, Mary McMullan, Kelsey Schmidt and Analese Snyder) brings so much anticipation for the future of Creighton tennis.