LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky women’s tennis has signed Yang Lee and Alexis Merrill to National Letters of Intent, and added sophomore transfer Diana Tkachenko, head coach Carlos Dradá announced Friday afternoon. Merrill and Yang will join the roster in the fall of 2018, while Tkachenko will arrive on campus in January.
“We are very excited about each and every one of our new recruits,” said Dradá. “I am confident that they will continue to grow and excel with our team’s guiding principles and philosophies. These recruits all know what the team’s expectations are. They know they signed to be a part of an elite program and they will be coming here to contribute and expand on our tradition of excellence.”
Yang Lee – Taichung, Taiwan
Dah-Chin Commercial & Industrial Vocational High School
Dradá on Lee: “Yang is a player of great skill and poise on the court. When I first saw Yang compete, I was highly impressed with her mental toughness and hunger level at SUCH a young age. Now, her skillset has improved dramatically and I am excited to see her continued future success.”
Alexis Merrill – Fairfax, Va.
W.T. Woodson High School
Dradá on Merrill: “Lexi brings a lot of fire power and on-court aggressiveness, coupled with a strong desire to compete and win the right way. Lexi’s best tennis years are about to happen and we are excited they will happen at the University of Kentucky.”
Diana Tkachenko – Moscow, Russia
UGRA Boarding School of Olympic Reserve/University of Evansville
Dradá on Tkachenko: “Diana is a player of high-level athleticism and hunger. I am excited to see her thrive under our high-level environment. Because of her mental toughness, I see no limits in her future accomplishments.”
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