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UM women's tennis signs three recruits

UM women's tennis signs three recruits

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Three women have signed national letters of intent to play tennis for Montana next season.

Constance Alexander and Heather Davidson will join the Grizzlies from California. Maddy Soule will come to Montana from New Braunfels, Texas.

Alexander is a senior at Bonita Vista High School. has her ranked as the No. 118 recruit nationwide.

"What really made me choose the Montana was Coach Ascher," Alexander said. "I feel that he can help me reach my goal in tennis, in the mental and physical aspects of the game.

"When I visited UM I liked the atmosphere on campus right away, the beautiful town, and I just had a really good feeling. I am looking forward to being part of the Griz tennis team."

Playing and training in southern California will prepare Alexander well for college tennis, according to Ascher.

"She has only been playing competitive tennis since the age of 13 and yet through her training methods and hard work she has seen a steady rise in her rankings," he said. "She not only wants to be a great college player but she also has the drive and desire to have the opportunity to play professionally. Those factors will really allow Constance to succeed at this level."

Davidson is a senior at Rocklin High School where she earned league MVP in 2007 and 2008. Davidson is ranked No. 15 in Northern California.

"I had talked to (Ascher) on the phone a couple times before I came to visit and I could tell he really loves tennis," Davidson said. "I feel lucky that he and my current coach seem to have a lot in common when it comes to tennis and their coaching techniques."

Davidson learned the game from her father, Monty Basynat, a well-known tennis pro in Sacramento.

"Heather is a great student and a superb athlete and I can only see her continuing to grow and improve her game at the college level," Ascher said.

Soule, home-schooled and currently attending the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas, is ranked No. 19 in Texas. According to, she is the No. 144 recruit in the nation.

"She has a fantastic tennis pedigree," Ascher said of Soule. "She has been training at the John Newcombe Academy for the last three years. She plays a really tough schedule not only within Texas, which is one of the top regions in the United States, but nationally as well.

"Maddy is a very complete player as well as a great person and great to be around. The other thing I really like about Maddy is that she is a talented left-hander and we don't have any left-handers on our team."

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