Nov. 18, 2009
By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF women's tennis head coach Stephanie Nickitas announced Wednesday that Courtney Griffith has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Knights beginning with the 2010-11 campaign. Griffith hails from Johns Creek, Ga., and has an impressive background both on and off the court.
"We are very excited to welcome Courtney as our newest member of the UCF women's tennis team," said Nickitas. "Courtney is not only an exceptional tennis player and five-star recruit, she is also a very dedicated student that devotes herself in the classroom and on the court. I expect Courtney to contribute and have quite an impact in both singles and doubles right away."
Griffith got an early jump on playing sports, competing in soccer, swimming, gymnastics and tee ball at the age of five before eventually suiting up for softball, basketball and volleyball. Tennis was added at the age of seven and she took off.
Part of a family in which her parents, grandparents and uncles all played high school and/or college tennis, Griffith attended the Tennis Academy of the South in Atlanta at age nine. She currently is enrolled at Chattahoochee High School after one year of online high school out of Laurel Springs, Calif.
Griffith played No. 1 for her team beginning with her freshman year and led the squad to an appearance in the state quarterfinals in 2009. She was No. 1 in the South Region in the 14's and 16's, and reached as high as No. 44 in the country. Griffith placed third at the 2009 Copper Bowl and advanced to the round of 16 at the spring and winter nationals. In doubles, she got to the finals and semifinals in several spring tournaments and one International Tennis Federation event, including two championships at the regional level.
Griffith holds a 4.0 grade-point average while taking part in numerous AP classes and six years of Spanish. She plans to pursue a career in the medical/biology field, and is an active member of the Beta Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
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