Cowgirl Tennis Announces Signings




Nov. 30, 2012

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The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team has announced the signing of three players who will join the program for the 2013-2014 academic year. Miyu Kato of Kyoto, Japan along with Megan and Morgan McCray of Oceanside, California are set to join the Cowgirl program. “I couldn’t be more excited to have these three girls joining our program next season,” Cowgirl Tennis coach Chris Young said. “They are great kids who will work hard and have a desire to accomplish great things during their career. We are losing two seniors who have been very important to our program, but I am confident that these three girls will help us continue the growth that our program has experienced the past few seasons.”

Miyu Kato has a current doubles ranking of 393 on the WTA Tour and has won two events this year, a $25,000 tournament in Makinohara, Japan and a $10,000 tournament in Kyoto. Her singles ranking is 725 which is a career high.  Kato has been ranked as high as No. 28 in the ITF Junior World rankings and was a doubles finalist in 2011 at the Australian Open Junior Championship. As one of the top juniors in the world over the past two years, Kato has played each of the four junior grand slam events twice, and was a singles finalist at the Dunlop Japan Open Championships, an ITF Grade 2 event. In August of 2012, Kato won the singles championship at the Japanese Junior Championships. “I am thrilled that Miyu has chosen to join our program and I believe she is going to make an immediate impact on college tennis and our program.”

Megan McCray is the third blue chip recruit to sign with the Cowgirls in the past three years, and is currently ranked as the No.11 recruit in the 2013 class according to the Tennis Recruiting Network.  McCray is ranked as the No. 1 player in California and the top ranked player in the southwest region. Her career record in junior competition is currently 65-6 and she owns a 14-3 mark against other blue chip recruits. McCray won two national open events in 2012 and won 8 matches at the 2012 USTA National Championships. McCray had many offers, but is excited to be joining the Cowgirls next season, “I was impressed by the high quality coaching staff and look forward to working with Chris Young and Jamea Jackson in transitioning to collegiate tennis and then to the highest level,” McCray said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to showcase my tennis skills on behalf of the thousands of great people who support Oklahoma State tennis.” Coach Young is also excited that McCray chose to join the Cowgirls. “Megan McCray is a special player who knows how to win and will make a great impact on our program,” Young said. “She comes from a great family that has instilled the values of hard work and determination in her, and she has the talent to play at the highest level.”


 

 

Morgan McCray will join the Cowgirls after a successful career as well. She is currently No. 28 in California and recently won the Barnes Tennis Center Women’s Open Event in October. Along with her sister Megan, the duo has won numerous doubles titles and is looking forward to continuing to train together as members of the Cowgirl tennis program. McCray was awarded the Southwest Sportsmanship Award and participated in the team finals at the Billie Jean King Junior World Team Tennis Championships. “I am excited to be attending a Big 12 Conference university with my sister Megan McCray and working with Chris Young and Jamea Jackson,” McCray said. “I am also excited to join a community that is really supportive of tennis and athletics.”

“I am thrilled to have Morgan join our program,” said Young. “She has great leadership skills and is a hard worker.  She has a lot of talent and her best tennis will be at the collegiate level.”

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