Raley will be the eighth member of Mizzou Tennis
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Atlanta, Ga. native Clare Raley is set to become the eighth member of Mizzou tennis, as announced today by head coach Sasha Schmid. Raley will join her Tigers teammates next January, and will begin competition with the Spring 2015 season.
Under the guidance of coaches Grant Stafford and Brian deVilliers at LifeTime Tennis (Norcross, Ga.), Raley has evolved in to one of the top recruits in the nation. Tennis Recruiting Network tabbed Raley as a top five-star recruit for the past six years, and was ranked as high as No. 41 in the nation for her graduating class.
As of July 1, 2014, Tennis Recruiting had Raley ranked No. 62 in the country, while she also came in at No. 80 according to the USTA Girls' 18s National Standing List.
"We are thrilled to have Clare join our team in January of 2015," said Schmid. "It was very clear to me very early on in the recruiting process that Clare was a terrific fit in every way for Mizzou Tennis. I am looking forward to coaching Clare and helping her achieve her collegiate tennis goals here at the University of Missouri."
"Clare is excited to help Mizzou Tennis move to the next level in the SEC and in the national rankings. She will make an immediate impact on our team with her competitive spirit and tenacity on the court. Mizzou Tennis fans will enjoy watching Clare compete as a Tiger for the next four years!"
Raley is currently ranked No. 4 in the USTA Girls' 18s Southern Section, which is considered one of the toughest competitive sections in the country. She has won numerous doubles titles on the National, Sectional and State levels, including National Opens and Selection Championships in the Girls' 18s, 16s, 14s, and 12s.
This past June, Raley was a finalist in the Girls' 18s Southern Closed Singles Championship, and was later selected to represent the Southern Section in the 2014 USTA Girls' 18s National Team Championships. As a part of her Southern team, Raley played a key role in to their recent National Title for the USTA Team Championship.
Before her junior tennis career, Raley played one season of high school tennis at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Ga., and finished that year unbeaten in singles with a 17-0 record. That year's team finished second in the State of Georgia, and Raley was named co-MVP.
Beginning with the 2015 Spring Semester, Raley will enter the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Set to graduate from Laurel Springs School in Dec. 2014, Raley amassed an impressive 4.21 GPA.
Clare is the daughter of Brian and Kim Raley, and has one sister, Lucie.
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