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Monday, August 11, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Coach Jamie Aid is following the best year ever in the history of Lipscomb women’s tennis with a roster that she expects will make the 2014-15 team even better.
The roster is bolstered by the addition of three new players – freshmen Hannah Gamage and Kathryn Evans and junior transfer Dani Kinnen. They will join returning players Laura Kent, Jenny Borck, Lorena Djuknic, Melissa Kromer and Deahna Welcher.
“On paper this is by far the strongest roster that this program as ever had,” Aid said. “We are excited to begin working with this group and really focus on making them athletes throughout this fall. Once again the work we do in the fall will dictate our success come spring.”
Gamage is from Bournemouth, England where she graduated from The Amewood School. She has competed on the British national team. She has a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) rating of 3.2. She LTA is the governing body of British tennis. She is ranked No. 1 in her county of Dorset and is ranked ninth nationally in England.
“Hannah will be a power player for us,” Aid said. “She has had some great team experience by being on the National Team for England. We are excited to have a player like Hannah who is already fairly mature in her game.”
Gamage brings a 4.0 average to Lipscomb and plans to pursue pre-medical studies.
Evans is from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of The Webb School of Knoxville.
She served as co-captain of the girl’s team both her junior and senior years. Her team won the TSSAA State Team Championship Title all four years she was in high school. She was the No. 2 singles player. Evans was also part of the State Champion doubles team her senior year along with Diana Grandas. As a senior Evans was 12-2 in singles matches and unbeaten in nine matches in doubles. Her high school team was 15-0 her senior year.
“We are excited to have local talent be a part of our roster,” Aid said. “Kathryn has been a part of a winning program in high school at The Webb School in Knoxville.
“Kathryn had an expectation of winning all through high school and I think that winning mentality will benefit her greatly on the court. She will be the type that will stay on the court as long as it takes.”
Kinnen is from Edinburgh, Scotland. She graduated from The British School of Barcelona. She is a transfer from Eastern Kentucky University.
She played in the British Nationals three times. Kinnen held junior rankings in both the United Kingdom and Spain. She reached a ranking of 32 in the UK, having only played there for 18 months.
Kinnen’s national ranking in Spain was 99 in the women’s open and 32 in her age group. She played in the Spanish Nationals. Only the top 32 players in their age category are invited. She was runner-up in the Cataluñan Championships in 2006, 2007 and a quarterfinalist in 2011.
Kinnen will major in journalism at Lipscomb. She spent her summer interning with BBC Sports and has been invited back for next summer.
“Dani is a great player who had some injuries at her previous university,” Aid said. “Dani will be a powerful player as well and is hungry to play. Her previous college experience will aid her as a leader on the team this year.”
The Lady Bisons first practice is scheduled for Aug. 25.