Women's Tennis

Tennis Inks Ruth Crawford To National Letter Of Intent for 2014-15

Ruth Crawford is set to join the Minutewomen in 2014-15.

Ruth Crawford is set to join the Minutewomen in 2014-15.

Dec. 4, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's tennis head coach Judy Dixon has announced the signing of Ruth Crawford to a National Letter of Intent. Crawford, a native of Atlanta, Ga., will join the Minutewomen starting with the 2014-15 campaign. She currently is ranked as the No. 31 player in the Southeast and the No. 7 player in Georgia.

The 5-foot-10 senior at LifeTime Atlanta Tennis Academy is also listed as a four-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net.

"Ruth is a very strong and athletic player with a big power game. She moves very well around the court and is able to come to the net well to finish off points," said Dixon. "Ruth is a very hard worker and very committed to her game. We're very excited to have her join the team for the Fall of 2014 and feel she will be able to contribute in both singles and doubles right away."

Originally from Ghana, Crawford moved to the United States in 2006. In 2009, she was invited to play on the Ghanaian National Team in the African Junior Championships in Morocco. She also trained at the ITF training center in Pretoria, South Africa and at the Barcelona Tennis Academy in Spain.

Since then, she has steadily risen in the national rankings earning her highest mark as the No. 82 player in the class of 2013 this past July. That came on the heels of winning the One Love Tennis Junior Championship and reaching the Round of 16 at the National Junior Tournament last May. Also last Spring, Crawford was a semifinalist for the Georgia State Junior Spring Open and a quarterfinalist at the USTA Regional Tournament.



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