April 21, 2011
HOUSTON - University of Houston tennis head coach John Severance announced Thursday the signing of Liselot Koenen to a National Letter of Intent to play for the 2011-12 season.
"Liselot has a ton of potential," said Severance. "She has a huge serve and forehand, and she's planning on enrolling in the summer and starting her training early, so we're very excited about that."
"The tennis program at the University of Houston has made a lot of progress over the last few years as Coach Severance is building a high performance team," said Koenen. "Therefore, I am very proud to become a Cougar and join such a motivating program."
Koenen was a four-year starter as the top singles player at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Ill., reaching the state tournament all four seasons. Koenen was named the Kane County Chronicle's Girl's Tennis Player of the Year as a senior.
The Holland native reached a national ranking as high as No. 175 in 2009 and is rated as a four-star recruit, according to tennisrecruiting.net.
"Houston is a great city and I like the academic expansions that the University of Houston is working on," Koenen continued. "When I first met the players and staff, I immediately felt the enthusiasm that they shared for the team and the University. Becoming a Cougar makes me feel like I'm becoming part of, not only a team, but a family, which makes me very excited to become a student-athlete at the University of Houston."