Tennis Adds Trio for 2007-08 Season

    Lucy Forward looks to continue Houston's strong history of British players in 2007-08.
    Lucy Forward looks to continue Houston's strong history of British players in 2007-08.
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    June 4, 2007

    HOUSTON - Head coach John Severance announced the signing of Lucy Forward, Jordan McCombs and Lynley Wasson to National Letters of Intent Monday afternoon during the recent signing period. McCombs and Wasson join the Cougars as juniors, while Forward starts her freshman campaign during the 2007-08 season.

    The trio joins Isabella Glinska, who has acquired as high as a Top 10 ranking in Canada and signed a NLI with the Cougars in November.

    "I'm ecstatic about the addition of these three players," Severance said. "Assistant coach (Jo) Keene and I have worked very hard to make sure we have a successful 2007-08 season. Our goal is to win a Conference USA Championship. We took a step closer to reaching that goal with the selected few players that are returning next season and signing these three talented players."

    Forward was ranked as high as No. 1 in her state and No. 7 national ranking in the United Kingdom U18 Juniors. She was the Ladies and School's Champion and reached the semifinals of the Brit School's National Championships.

    "We recruited Lucy heavily for ninth months," Severance said. "That's how important she will be to this program. She is one of those players that we envision having a lot of success in her college career."

    "We've had a strong history of British players at UH going back to my playing days and having someone like Sarah Borwell, who was ranked eighth in the nation ," assistant coach Jo Keene said. "It's exciting to add Lucy's athletic ability and talent to a team that already has a pair of successful British players in Leila Salek and Vicky Simpson."

    McCombs comes to Houston after playing two seasons at Lee College. She was a member of 2007 NCJCAA National Championship team and was one of six singles champions at the NJCAA National Tournament. The Deer Park native also made the No. 1 doubles final at the NJCAA National Tournament.

    "Jordan will surprise a lot of people over the next two seasons here at UH," Severance said. "Her passion for the game and for being a member of this team will be a thrill to coach."

    Lynley Wasson won three consecutive Arizona 5A state championships in high school.

    Wasson played one season at Mesa Community College after transferring from North Texas. She was named 2007 All-ACCAC First Team after going undefeated at the No. 1 singles position in conference play. The Arizona native comes in with strong credentials after winning three consecutive Arizona 5A state championships in high school that included a 93-match winning streak. She also was ranked at one point in the Top 80 under the U18 United States Tennis Association (USTA) rankings.

    "I have known Lynley and her family for many years," Severance said. "I played against her brother in juniors and was a teammate of her sister at Mesa Community College. I know what I'm going to get out of Lynley. She is a fierce competitor, a team player, an excellent leader, a great student and an even better person."



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