Nov. 9, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU women’s tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker announced the signing of Kate Paulus to a National Letter of Intent for the 2018-19 season on Thursday afternoon.
Paulus, a native of Leawood, Kan., who trains at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., is the lone signee in the 2018 class.
5-9 | Leawood, Kan. | Left Handed
A five-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net … ranked as high as No. 49 with a tennis RPI of 51 in 2017 … ranked as high as No. 239 in the ITF junior rankings … swept through her three matches to take the title at the Girls 18s Division at Cypress Hammock Park in May 2017 … advanced to the semifinals of the 78th Jayhawk Adult Open in June 2017 … won the singles title at the Cope Sultana-Mayaguez ITF in March 2016 and advanced to the finals of doubles … made it to the semifinals of singles and the finals of doubles at the 2016 Panama Bowl … won the Puerto Rice ITF in March 2016 … advanced to the singles final of the Cayman Islands ITF Junior Championships and won the doubles title in December 2015 … took the singles title at the Coca Cola Junior ITA Tournament in August 2015 … semifinalist of the Florida Summer Bobby Curtis G 18’s in 2015 … made the Round of 22 of the USTA 18s Clay Courts in 2015 … won the St. Lucia ITF event and made the finals of the Bermuda ITF event in 2015
Walker on Paulus:
“There are three very clear things we love about Kate. She has a deep passion for TCU with her mom being an alumnus. They've been diehard Horned Frog Fans and this is so important to have within our program. Another aspect is her understanding and experience of high level coaching, training and competing. She's been around some of the best in the world while at the USTA, the Evert Tennis Academy and the ITF Junior Circuit. This will make her transition into our schedule and methods smooth. Lastly, she's a lefty. We haven't had a lefty since I've been here and I think it's one strength to have on a quality team. When we play teams like Texas Tech who have four lefties in the lineup, you quickly see how frustrating it can be so to have one we can train with daily will be great for everyone on our team.
“Kate had shoulder surgery in the summer and should be close to fully recovered in January. I'm confident 2018 will be a good year of getting her back to her high level and beyond so that she is ready to make an impact in the spring 2019 season."