A Talented Duo



Nov. 13, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF head coach Stephanie Nickitas has announced the signings of Kennan Johnson and Mónica Matías to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The duo will join the Knights in the fall of 2014.

"We are extremely excited to have Kennan & Monica join us next year," Nickitas said. "They are both going to make an immediate impact and contribute to our continued success."

Residing in Baton Rouge, La., Johnson started playing tennis at the age of five. She holds a No. 23 ranking in the South, while TennisRecruiting.net places her at No. 73 nationally. Johnson also claims the No. 1 ranking in her state. She is a member of the Leadership Academy, Beta Club and National Honor Society at Ascension Christian High School where she won the 1A singles title as a junior. Johnson also has won doubles titles at numerous Bullfrog Southern Designated Tournaments. Her mother, Natalie, played tennis at Memphis from 1991-93 and LSU from 1993-94.

Johnson was the 2013 recipient for the USTA Southern Bill Ozaki Junior Sportsmanship Award, which is presented annually to a junior player who best exemplifies the finest traditions and the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play. She has been invited to the J. Randolph Gregson Awards Ceremony during the USTA Southern Annual Meeting in Atlanta in January.

Monica Matias signs her NLI Wednesday to compete for the Knights next season.

Matías hails from Moca, Puerto Rico, and is ranked No. 1 in her region. She also is listed as the No. 138 recruit by TennisRecruiting.net. Starting in 2007, she has won the Evert Summer Championship in the Chris Evert Academy as well as the G14, G16 and G18 singles tournaments in Puerto Rico. Matías also claimed the Puerto Rico Junior Open in the G14, G16 and G18 in both singles and doubles. In team play, Matías was part of the winning club in the World Junior Tennis Cup in Trinidad & Tobago and the Junior Fed Cup in El Salvador.

Matías was a member of the Puerto Rico Fed Cup Team beginning at the age of 14. Recently, she was a semifinalist in the 2012 ITF Copa Coqui, won the G18 singles Junior Open I in 2013 and was a doubles finalist at the ITF Copa Coqui in 2013.

This year's Knights return to action in January for the UCF Invitational.



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