May 20, 2011

Islanders Tennis signs Chelsea Horan to NLI

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team bolstered its roster this spring with the signing of one of the top tennis players in Texas to a National Letter of Intent. Chelsea Horan of San Antonio recently signed with the team and will help contribute to the Islanders continued rise in the Southland Conference.

"We are very excited to get a player of Chelsea's caliber," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "She's spent time near the top of the state of the Texas rankings and was a champion in doubles twice at the Texas Grand Slam.

"We are even more excited to get a player that level that is such an exceptionally high-character person and will be such a good fit for our team and what we value."

Horan won the Texas State Grand Slam twice and was one of the top ranked doubles players in the state. The event is the state's largest and most prestigious tournament in doubles. She was also ranked as high as 11th in the state rankings during her career.

Her presence will help add to the team chemistry as she has certain attributes that Moore looks for in any player he recruits.

"She is an excellent student and comes from one of the most well-respected tennis families in Texas," said Moore. "I grew up playing against her father and uncles and they were always some of the classiest people you would meet at the tournaments.

"The combination of her playing level, her academics and the high-character person she is really makes her a good fit for our team and is exactly the type of player that we're looking for."

Horan also feels that she found the right fit at the Island University.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend college at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and to be a part of such an outstanding tennis program," said Horan. "The thing that has attracted me the most are the coaches and their commitment to developing the players both on and off the court.

"Coach Moore's emphasis on "team commitment" along with hard work aligns perfectly with my core values. I am looking forward to continuing my tennis career and at the same time getting a great education."

She will join the women's tennis team that lost just two seniors and completed their best-ever season in the Southland Conference with a fourth-place finish this past year.