Nov. 17, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Head coach Stephanie Nickitas announced Monday that Jenna Doerfler of Winter Park and Allison Hodges of Germantown, Tenn., signed National Letters of Intent to play for the UCF women's tennis team. The duo will start competing for the Knights in the 2009-10 season.
"When I first saw Jenna and Allison play, I was intrigued by their style of play, competitiveness and focus on the court," said Nickitas, who is in her second year as the leader of the Knights. "They both fight hard and that shows in their game, and they have proven themselves not only on the court but academically as well. They will bring a strong work ethic to the team and that's what we are looking for in the UCF tennis program."
A five-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net, Winter Park High School's Doerfler currently holds a No. 10 ranking in the state of Florida and a No. 57 ranking in the country. She has posted plenty of victories nationally this year, including going 5-2 at the USTA G18 National Clay Court Championships in July, with two of those wins coming against players listed in the top 30. During the event, Doerfler claimed the Nike Player of the Day award on the first day of competition. She also went 5-2 at the USTA Florida Closed Sectional in June.
Doerfler was the recipient of the 2008 Schroeder Scholarship, which was handed out by the National Tennis Championships based on academics, sportsmanship and essay submission. She was selected as the Orlando Sentinel 2007-08 Central Florida Girls Tennis Player of the Year while competing for WPHS. Doerfler guided her team to the Class 4A state finals in each of the last three seasons. She will not be the first in her family to attend UCF as both of her parents, Glenn and Theresa, were Knights in college.
Ranked second in her state, Hodges is one of only two players in Tennessee to be listed as a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net. She also stands at No. 124 in the country as of Nov. 12. Hodges reached the finals of three different events during 2008: the Polar Bear Classic Open in Arkansas in March, the Aquafina RTC Jr. Open in Mississippi in April and the Tennessee State BG18-16 Qualifying in June.
Playing for Houston High School outside of Memphis, Hodges won the Tennessee Class AAA single championship last season. Her performance in 2008 allowed her to be named The Commercial Appeal's 2007-08 Pepsi Best of the Preps Girls Tennis Player of the Year. In the 2007 state tournament, Hodges, along with partner Mary Caroline Hooker, surrendered just four games in three matches for the doubles crown, while Hodges cruised through both singles matches to lift HHS to the team title. As a freshman, she teamed with Hooker to give up five games for their first championship, and Hodges posted 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1 wins in the team singles draw to hand HHS the team trophy.
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