July 25, 2007
Columbia, Mo. -
Missouri Tiger newcomers are getting an early taste of college tennis this summer as they participate in select summer tournaments from Memphis, Tenn., to Lawrence, Kan.
Maureen Modesto is a to-be freshman journalism major from Indiana. Having played tennis and run cross-country during her senior year, she has participated in the Whiteman Cup where she won 4 matches and lost one. She won the qualifying tournament for the Midwest Closed, which was held at Notre Dame. At the Midwest Closed, she won 3 matches and lost two. She has also been active in the Midwest ITA Summer Circuit, with her next event upcoming at the University of Indiana July 28-31. Maureen selected Missouri because it is home to the #1 Journalism program in the U.S.
Kaitlyn Ritchie is also a to-be freshman journalism major from Oklahoma. Kaitlyn was selected to play in the Oklahoma Select All-States where the top eight girls are selected in the state of Oklahoma and compete against each other in an East-West team format. Kaitlyn played #1 for the East Side and won both her #1 singles and doubles matches. She helped the East side girls win the event for the first time in seven years. For her high school efforts, she was also named the Oklahoma Coaches Association Player of the Year for the state of Oklahoma. She has also participated in ITA tournaments at Wichita State, Kansas, and Kansas State. Kaitlyn selected Mizzou based on the strength of the Journalism program.
Mallory Weber is a to-be education major from Illinois. A great athlete, she played both tennis and softball during her senior year. She collected numerous tennis accolades, and interestingly was selected to the Super 60 for softball in Illinois, which is an all-star state selection. She's had an active summer on the tennis front. She reached the quarterfinals of the St. Louis Clay Court Invitational, which is a national event. She then had a good run at the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Memphis, Tennessee, where she won four matches and lost only two. She then participated in the Collegiate ITA held in Lawrence, Kan. July 21-24, where she won both the singles and doubles titles there. Her next ITA is at the University of Indiana July 28-31. Mallory selected Mizzou for a variety of reasons, notably the team, facilities, and the strength of Missouri's College of Education.
The Tigers first team practice will be August 20th. Their first fall tournament will be on the road at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. First serve will be at 8:00AM September 7th.