Division II Standout Transfers to Saint Leo
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Tennis Coach James Bryce has announced the signing of transfer student-athlete Emily Singleton to compete for the women's squad beginning in 2011-12.
Singleton joins Saint Leo via the University of Arkansas Fort Smith where she compiled a singles record of 28-10 and a doubles mark of 29-10.
She is the only signee for the Lions in 2011-12, and joins a relatively young squad who won more matches (15) than any other Lions' women's team since 1980-81.
5'8" | Jr.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Wilmslow High School /University of Arkansas Fort Smith
Singleton, a native of England, enjoyed two accolade-filled seasons while at Arkansas Fort Smith. As a freshman, Singleton amassed a 17-6 record competing primarily out of the top flight position. Assembling a record of 12-4 at No.1 singles, she also posted a 5-2 mark at No.2 singles. She equaled the 17-6 mark on the doubles side playing with a variety of partner's throughout the team's 18-5 campaign.
Her efforts on the court allowed her to earn Heartland Conference Academic Student-Athlete of the Week honors as a freshman.
Her sophomore season allowed her to control the No.1 position in nearly every match as she went 11-4 from the top-flight spot. A 12-4 record on the doubles side allowed Singleton to be recognized as one of the top players in the conference. She was named to the All-Heartland Conference Team and was a two-time Heartland Conference Player of the Week this past season.
Prior to her time at UA Fort Smith, Singleton won four consecutive state championships at Wilmslow High School. She was a top-100 player in England and was a quarterfinalist at the British Tournament. She concluded her phenomenal high school career by winning the North of England Championship.
Bryce's Perspective: "Emily will add much needed experience to our lineup for the next two seasons. With two years of DII tennis already under her belt, she will fit right in with the other girls on the squad. She is familiar to playing against tough competition from her time at Arkansas Fort Smith and the difficult Heartland Conference. Competing at top flight singles and doubles, she has also proven herself to be a top DII player with wins over some of the nation's top-50 players. I am looking forward to working with Emily and reaching the team's goal of competing at another NCAA South Region tournament."