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WSSU Tennis Inks Talented Newcomer; Kayla Carter Signs National Letter Of Intent

July 6, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State University women’s tennis team will welcome a talented newcomer this fall as Kayla Carter has signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend WSSU.  A tall, athletic newcomer, Carter joins two other WSSU signees and will round out one of the most talented freshman classes in school history.

Carter will head to Winston-Salem State following a great high school career and could provide an immediate boost to the young Lady Rams program.  She has played competitive tennis in the United State Tennis Association (USTA) junior ranks for over 10 years and has been ranked in the top 25 of the North Carolina USTA junior ranks several times during her career.  For her efforts she was chosen as one of the “South’s Finest” representing North Carolina in the 2008 USTA Southern Tournament.  She was also a runner-up in doubles play at the North Carolina Closed Tennis Tournament.  

During her career Carter has earned numerous honors, taking home Greater Neuse River Conference Player of the Year accolades during her time at Southeast Raleigh High School in 2005.  She was also a GNR All-Conference honoree in 2005 and was named team MVP for her efforts that season.  She also led her squad to the 2005 GNR conference championship.

“We feel great about signing Kayla – she will make an immediate impact on the women’s team.  She was not as well known as a lot of other young ladies in the junior circuit.  With limited exposure her ranking was not as high as her level of play therefore some other coaches were hesitant to sign her,” WSSU head tennis coach Charles Schoderbek said.

“She was a steal in our opinion.  At six-feet tall her height will be a definite bonus in doubles play.  She has a solid ground game but also likes to serve and volley making her a greater threat to our opponents” Schoderbek added.

Carter is a coveted signee that chose WSSU over offers from Southern, IUPUI, Charlotte, and North Carolina A&T.  She will join WSSU signees Bianka Locklear and Kalin Jarvis as a talented signing class of 2009.

For more information on Lady Rams tennis, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to the Official Website of WSSU Athletics at WSSURams.com.