|WTEN class nationally ranked|
MOSCOW - The University of Idaho women's tennis program is getting national attention for its recruiting class, which now features Montana transfer Constance Alexander, as it was ranked No. 21 in the nation among mid-majors by tennisrecruiting.net.
Alexander joins incoming freshman Rita Bermudez as Idaho's newcomers this fall.
"It's great for the team to get recognized for the strength of the players that we are bringing in to the program," Idaho coach Dan Pollock said. "Both girls that we are bringing in this fall are quality players that will immediately strengthen the team and I can't wait to start working with them this fall."
Alexander spent the majority of her first three years at the top two singles spots in the Grizzlies' lineup. She was a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a freshman in 2009-10 after going 12-9 in singles, including 6-2 in the conference, and a 7-1 BSC mark in doubles play. In 2010-11, Alexander was an honorable-mention All-BSC selection after going 5-3 in league play in singles and 7-1 in doubles. In 2011-12 she went 5-3 in singles in the fall and 3-3 in doubles, and did not compete during the spring season.
"I'm excited to that Constance has chosen to become a Vandal," Pollock said. "She is a very talented player that will make an immediate impact on our singles lineup. Her experience and success playing at the top of the lineup for Montana will be really valuable for us when it comes to the big moments against the top teams."
Both Alexander and Bermudez were four-star recruits out of high school, and both ranked as the No. 71 recruit in the nation according to tennisrecruiting.net. Alexander, who graduated from Bonita Vista High School in Bonita, Calif., in 2009, will have one year of eligibility with Idaho, while Bermudez, who graduated from Canyon del Oro High School in Tuscan, Ariz., in 2012, will be a freshman at Idaho this fall."The University of Idaho is an excellent institution with a great athletic department," Pollock added. "This recruiting class shows that we can attract the highest caliber of athletes to become Vandals and I'm excited to see what they can achieve."