Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Tom Rees has announced the addition of three players – Sanne Janssen, Lucy Whelan and Rory Murchland – for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Janssen (Maastricht, NETHERLANDS) is ranked in the top 60 in the women’s national doubles and the top 160 in the women’s national singles.
“Sanne (Janssen) brings a great work ethic and desire to improve with her to Lenoir-Rhyne,” said Rees. “She is an accomplished doubles player and we will look to her to have an immediate impact in our singles lineup too. Sanne has proven to be a great team player and I will know she will help propel our ladies to the next level.”
Whelan (Aberdeen, SCOTLAND) is the third-ranked junior in Scotland and the second-ranked junior in the North of Scotland. Whelan qualified for the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Finals three times, playing them all at Wimbledon.
“Lucy (Whelan) brings a strong pedigree to Lenoir-Rhyne,” said Rees. “Lucy knows how to win and has a wide range of experience at the national level competing excellently as both an individual and as part of her country team. Lucy is another player we expect to have immediate impact in both singles and doubles this year.”
Murchland (Mount Victoria, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND) played No. 1 for his high school team for three years and represented his district for tennis on multiple occasions. Murchland also reached the semifinals of the New Zealand National Doubles Tournament.
“We are pleased to welcome Rory (Murchland) to Lenoir-Rhyne as he joins his sister – Emily (women’s team) – and junior teammate William Hewett (men’s team),” said Rees. “Rory possesses a diverse skill set that will be able to cause opponents problems in singles and he enjoys coming forward allowing him to play well in doubles also. He has a high ceiling and we look forward to helping him achieve his potential at Lenoir-Rhyne.”