July 31, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU women’s tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker completed his 2017-18 roster on Monday with the addition of three top junior players for the upcoming season.
Walker signed two top international junior players in Andreea Rosca of Romania and Aleksa Cveticanin of Australia, while also adding a top junior player from Texas in Elizabeth Tedford. The three new additions join Stevie Kennedy (Bonita Springs, Fla.) and Meredith Roberts (Jackson, Miss.) as members of the TCU women’s tennis 2017 signing class.
"Our class of five freshmen is certainly a big one and can seem intimidating, but the reality is we’ve had a tremendous amount of investment from our former players and graduating seniors,” Walker said. “They really helped shape and create the culture we want here at TCU and these next few years the program will benefit from all the groundwork they laid. It is not a rebuilding year. It is a build-onto year and we expect to keep moving forward in all areas on and off the court. I am excited for all five of these girls to get here and I am looking forward to creating a tight bond with these girls for the coming years"
5-7 | Bucharest, Romania | Right Handed
Ranked as No. 628 in singles and No. 647 in doubles in the WTA rankings … has posted 44 singles wins and 33 doubles victories in the main draw of ITF Pro Circuit events … won three ITF Pro Circuit doubles titles in 2016 - $10 K Targu Jiu, $10K Bucharest and $10K Sozopol … won two of the titles with Gabriela Nicole Tatarus and one with Oana Gavrila … won five titles between singles and doubles on the junior side … was able to capture both the singles and doubles title at the Neocom Open in 2013 … competed in four ITF events this year reaching the round of 16 in three of the four events … most recently reached the quarterfinals at the $15K Curtea de Arges in Portugal … played in three ITF Pro Circuit doubles tournaments … reached the quarterfinals twice and the semifinals at the $15K Hammamet 13 in Tunisia with partner Tatarus
Walker on Rosca:
“Andreea has a wealth of experience internationally and will help fill the role that some of our top graduating seniors had last year. Beyond that, we aim to continue her development towards being a top 100 WTA professional. Our personalities connected from the beginning of our conversations and I look forward to building on this relationship and orchestrating her into our team chemistry.”
5-11 | Brisbane, Australia | Right Handed
Ranked as high as No. 39 in the Australis Women’s Open Rankings … competed in singles and doubles at the Australian Open Junior Championships … won a singles and doubles title on the junior side … took the singles crown at the Gallipoli Youth Cup in 2015 … paired up with Kaitlin Staines to win the 2014 New South Wales Junior International 2 … made the finals in singles and doubles at the 2015 Queensland Junior Winter International 2 … played in two main draw of ITF Pro Circuit events this year … made the singles main draw at the $15K Hua Hin in Thailand and $25K Mornington in Australia
Walker on Cveticanin:
“Aleksa, her coaches and her family have been an incredible delight from day one. Having competed in college with her coaches and having Coach Ben Stapp being from Australia just made the whole recruiting process with Aleksa very enjoyable. I’m glad Ben has someone to eat VeggieMite with him now. Aleksa has a big game and it needs to stay that way. She has some power that can really take the match away from her opponent. I’d like to maximize her fitness and really dive deep into the mental and tactical side of things with her. College tennis is going to afford her numerous match opportunities to get conviction on her game and prepare her for the pro tour.”
5-11 | Dallas, Texas | Right Handed
Letterwinner at Highland Park … won three UIL Team Championships during her four years of high school and reached the semifinals her junior year … five-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net … ranked No. 4 in Texas, No. 7 in the Gulf State region and No. 37 nationally … stepped into her high school lineup as a freshman and went undefeated in singles and doubles all four years … played solely at Line 1 in singles and doubles her senior season and became only the second player in program history to go undefeated all four years … won the doubles title at the Wichita Falls ITF with partner Janice Shin … made the semifinals in singles in Wichita Falls … advanced to the semifinals at the San Antonio National L2 in singles … made the singles semifinals at the Sata SCMZ Excellence in San Antonio in 2016 … competed at the USTA Girls’ National Championship … daughter of former TCU women’s tennis player Keri Ashford who competed for the Horned Frogs from 1978-81 and sister to current Horned Frog Madison Tedford.
Walker on Tedford:
“We’ve all had the pleasure to understand the history of the Tedford family and their involvement with TCU women’s tennis this past year. That’s a phenomenal quality for our program to have when we can have that type of legacy involvement with the team. But further, Elizabeth is an outstanding player with tons of upside. Our main focus will be getting her match count up. Her records show that she’s capable of a lot and her athleticism backs it up. We just need to get her matches and experience so she can develop tactically because she is going to surprise a lot of people this year.”