OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton women's tennis head coach Tom Lilly has announced the signing of Samantha Anderson and Karlin Naslund to join the Bluejays in 2012. The dou, from North Dakota and Wisconsin, respectively, both bring solid tennis backgrounds and will be great student-athletes at Creighton.
"I am very excited to announce the signing of these excellent athletes who I know will be a big part of Creighton tennis for years to come," said Lilly. "I believe each of the players to be very good people as well and should fit right in on our women's team. They are also strong students that should excel here at Creighton and become leaders on the court and in the classroom."
Anderson comes to Creighton following a standout career at Red River High School in Thompson, North Dakota. According to Tennisrecruiting.net, Anderson is rated the #1 player in North Dakota and #15 overall in the seven Plains States. She has recently been listed as a three-star recruit. Anderson was a member of the girls 18-under National Fed Cup Team and was on the 2008 National Tennis Championship Team. She was a North Dakota State doubles champion in 2007-2008 and finished as the 2010-11 North Dakota State singles champion.
Naslund comes to the Jays as the 4th best player in Wisconsin and a three-star recruit. She led her Oshkosh West High School team to four conference titles and three trips to the state tournament. For her leadership and efforts on the court, Naslund was named her high school captain and MVP. She was also a two time Wisconsin All-State selection.
"We will graduate two girls, Mary McMullan and Kelsey Schmidt, who have combined for over 200 victories and both in the top 10 in career wins; needless to say they will be tough to replace in that area," quoted Lilly. "I feel that Karlin and Sam have around the same talent lever that both of those two had when they arrived as freshmen and will step right into our lineup ready to compete. They both have the potential to have great careers at Creighton."