Dec. 1, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss women's tennis coach Raynie Theis announced the signing of Elanor Grossman of Eugene, Ore., and Lauren May of New Braunfels, Texas to national letters of intent for the 2012-13 academic year.
"I am very excited about Elanor and Lauren being Golden Eagles," coach Theis said. "They will be great additions to the team next fall, and will make the team stronger academically and athletically."
Grossman, a 5-foot-6 right-hander, was tabbed a four-star recruit by TennisRecruit.net and has compiled a 27-30 overall record in tournaments. She was the singles' champion 18s at the SEPNCO ATA Summer Open in Austin, Texas, this past summer. At the USTA Regional Tournament Segment in Oklahoma City, she was a doubles' finalist 18s with Teal Vosbrugh.
Grossman was a three-year letterwinner at South Eugene High School where she attended her freshman through her junior year. While there, she was a semi-finalist in the Oregon Class 6A state championship. She was the Class 6A Southwest Conference singles' champion for three straight seasons and finished undefeated in the regular season at No. 1 singles and in conference tournament matches.
Grossman currently attends New Braunfels (Texas) High School and trains at John Newcomb's Academy. She is ranked 179 in the country and is the daughter of Bill and Kuei Ying Grossman.
"Elanor is a very athletic player with great volleys and groundstrokes from the baseline," said Theis. "I believe she will be very successful at Southern Miss."
May, a 5-foot-9 right-hander, is a three-star player by TennisRecruit.net. She attends New Braunfels High School where she has helped the team win several state championships. She is currently ranked 272 in the country in singles. She is the daughter of Keith and Mary May.
"Lauren has heavy paced groundstrokes and a killer forehand," said Theis. "I know she will develop and grow at Southern Miss and be a competitive player of the team."