BATON ROUGE - LSU women's tennis head coach Julia Sell announced Wednesday after the early signing period that the Lady Tigers will welcome three highly rated prospects to the program.
Skylar Holloway from Oxon Hill, Md., Gabrielle Otero from Albuquerque, N.M., and Abigail Owens from Duluth, Ga., are all five-star recruits according to the Tennis Recruiting Network, and they will join the team in the fall of 2013.
"I am very excited to introduce Gabby, Abby and Skylar to Tiger Nation," Sell said. "I look at this class as the foundation of our program, as they embody the attributes of LSU athletics: passion, resiliency, determination and competitiveness. They are an incredible addition to our program and the LSU family."
Holloway is the No. 61 recruit in the nation, and she is ranked as the No. 2 recruit in Maryland according to the Tennis Recruiting Network. She currently trains at the Tennis Center at College Park.
"Skylar brings a wealth of athleticism and shot making ability," Sell said. "She has a tremendous upside to her game because she has weapons from every part of the court. I'm excited to work with her and help her grow into her game. I firmly believe her talent has no limits."
Otero is the No. 1 recruit in New Mexico and is ranked as the No. 45 recruit nationally, and she trains at the Southwest Training Center.
"Gabby is a fierce competitor," Sell said. "She defends exceptionally well and has the heart of a champion. She intimidates her opponents with her sheer will and ability to move the ball from corner to corner. As her transition game improves, the possibilities in her game are endless. Gabby is also one of the few recruits to ask me about community service and how she can give back to LSU and the Baton Rouge community."
Owens joins the Tigers as the No. 51 recruit in the nation and No. 2 recruit in Georgia. From Peachtree Ridge High School, she also formerly played with current LSU sophomore Mary Jeremiah.
"Abby is an aggressive baseliner with a great serve and transition game," Sell said. "She has a solid technical and strategic foundation that allows her to beat anyone. What's most impressive is that she has an acute understanding of how to work the point and play to her strengths. That kind of self-awareness coupled with her competitive spirit makes her a huge asset for the Tigers."
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