Bloomington, Ind. Indiana womens tennis head coach Lin Loring has announced that Amanda El-Tobgy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair High School) and Brianna Williams (Tampa, Fla./Gaither High School) have signed national letters-of-intent to play tennis at Indiana University beginning in the fall of 2004.
We are excited to have Brianna and Amanda joining us, Loring said. We lose three seniors this year, Linda Tran, Karie Schlukebir and Martina Grimm. Their loss will especially be felt in doubles because it takes new players longer to learn college doubles. Both Brianna and Amanda are comfortable on a doubles court, and besides helping us in singles, we think they will be able to make an immediate contribution in doubles.
Both El-Tobgy and Williams will come to Indiana with a wealth of accomplishments. El-Tobgy played three years of high school tennis, leading her team to the state team title each year. She served as team captain her senior year. As a sophomore, she finished first in Western Pennsylvania and first in the state in singles. Her senior year, she won the state doubles title.
This past summer, El-Tobgy played the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, including the National Championship at Indiana. She had wins over college players from Illinois, Kentucky and Western Michigan.
We became interested in Amanda this summer when she had some nice wins over college players, Loring said. She has the power game to be successful in college. She is still a work in progress, and we think she will keep getting better and better.
Williams was the team MVP in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and was undefeated at the No. 1 singles position during the regular season all three years. In 2001, she was the state high school doubles champion, and the state high school singles semifinalist in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She served as the team captain in 2002 and will again in 2004.
In junior tennis, Williams was ranked as high as No. 117 nationally in the Girls 18s and No. 11 in Girls 16 doubles. In both 2002 and 2003 she won an USTA National Open doubles championship.
Briannas parents are both tennis professionals, Loring said. She has a really good all-around game. Her strength is that she has no weakness. As she gets stronger and develops a weapon, she will be a fine college player.
In addition to their on-court accomplishments, both El-Tobgy and Williams are excellent students and have been recognized as members of the Honor Roll.