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USU tennis: women's 2016-17 signing class nationally ranked by recruiting.com

Utah State women’s tennis 2016-17 signing class has yet to step foot on campus but is already garnering national attention after being recognized among the top-15 recruiting classes in the nation by recruiting.com. The incoming group of Lucy Octave (Donaghadee, Ireland), Sophia Haleas (Clarendon Hills, Illinois), Ellee Bullock (Dublin, Ohio) and Hannah Jones (South Ogden, Utah) were pegged No. 13 in the nation in the release, finishing ahead of in-state foe BYU (No. 15) and Mountain West-foe Nevada (No. 16).

The Aggies have been recognized with a top-15 recruiting class in two of the last three years, including the 2014-15 group made up of, now juniors-to-be, Sabrina Demerath, Maggie O’Meara and Meghan Lyall who were tabbed the No. 11-ranked class in the nation. Demerath has totaled 35 singles victories during the past two seasons and O’Meara was recognized as an all-Mountain West performer in doubles as a freshman.

“We are very excited about the four talented student-athletes joining our program,” head coach Sean McInerney said. “They all should have an immediate impact in our program and what makes it even more exciting is that we are returning all six of our singles players from our lineup, so we are looking forward to some great depth and competition in the years ahead.”

Octave is the No. 3-ranked player in Ireland, while Haleas, Bullock and Jones have all enjoyed strong prep careers in the States. Haleas will join the Aggies from Hinsdale Central High School in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, where she played her way to a four-star ranking by TennisRecruiting. Throughout her high school career, she has been ranked as high as No. 112 in the United States.

Bullock, a Dublin, Ohio, native, will head to Utah State after finishing her career at Dublin Jerome High School, where she earned a four-star ranking by TennisRecruiting. She has been ranked as high as No. 110 in the country.

Jones is rated as the No. 1 player in the state of Utah and has a 4A singles title under her belt during her time at Bonneville High School in South Ogden, Utah. Throughout her career, she has been ranked as high as No. 268 in the country.

Kyle Cottam is the assistant athletic director for Media Relations at Utah State University.