April 18, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Head Tennis Coach Sasha Schmid announced on Thursday the addition of Tracy Dong (Surrey, British Columbia) and Kelli Hine (New Braunfels, Texas) to the program for the 2013-14 season. Dong signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Mizzou and compete for the Tigers, while Hine is a transfer from Texas Tech with three years of eligibility remaining.
"We are thrilled to announce the addition of two outstanding young women to our tennis program," Schmid said. "Tracy Dong and Kelli Hine are talented and accomplished tennis players and excellent students with tremendous work ethic and attitudes."
Hine, who hails from New Braunfels, Texas, joins the Tigers after competing at Texas Tech this past season. As a freshman in 2012-13, Hine compiled a singles record of 12-4, mostly in fall tournaments. Most recently she earned a straight set win in the Red Raiders' dual win over UTEP on March 22. In doubles action, she posted a 8-5 record in the fall and was ranked as high as No. 66 in the ITA doubles rankings this spring.
Before Texas Tech, Hine claimed the Echometer Wichita Falls Super Championship Major Zone doubles championship in 2012 and the Alamo City Super Championship Major Zone singles and doubles titles in 2011. She placed second in singles and third in doubles in the USTA Regional Tournament in 2011 and took fourth in singles at the USTA National Open in 2009. Hine is also a three-time winner of the Nancy Jeffett Sportsmanship Award.
She helped New Braunfels High School win Texas 5A State Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2012, playing both singles and doubles. In 2012, Hine claimed the Texas 5A Girls Doubles Championship. In the classroom, she earned University Interscholastic League (UIL) Academic All-State in 2012 and was named to the Acdemic All-District 26-AAAAA teams in 2009 and 2010.
"Kelli comes to Mizzou after competing her freshman year on a top-20 team at Texas Tech," Schmid said. "she understands what it takes to be an excellent team member, she is a hard worker on the tennis court, in fitness, and in the classroom. Kelli will make significant contributions to our team in every way. She is a tough competitor whose consistency is going to help Mizzou Tennis move forward in the challenging arena of SEC tennis."
A native of Surrey, British Columbia in Canada, Dong attends Queen Elizabeth Secondary School. She has been ranked as high at No. 427 in the world in the ITA rankings and is a four-time British Columbia Provincial Singles Champion and a Western Canada Summer Games singles gold medalist. Dong earned the doubles championship at the 2010 ITF Junior Open (G5) in Qatar and won the Canadian doubles championship and was a singles semifinalist at the Canadian U18 ITF Junior World Ranking Event (G4).
Dong also was a singles and doubles finalist at the Canadian U14 Junior Nationals and an Eddie Herr U14 mixed doubles finalist.
"Tracy comes to Mizzou after a junior tennis career that includes lots of international playing experience," Schmid said. "She is an athlete with an all court game who will make an immediate impact in both our singles and doubles line-up. Tracy has so much potential that as a coaching staff we are excited to work with her and see her growth as a Mizzou Tiger over the course of the next four years."
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