May 22, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor women's tennis has signed Georgia transfer Makenzie Craft to a Financial Aid Contract, head coach Joey Scrivano announced Wednesday.
"We are really excited to sign Makenzie," Scrivano said. "We think she is a great fit for Baylor and our tennis program. She is a really enthusiastic, tough competitor, who already has a year of college experience. Makenzie's abilities, maturity and leadership will be great assets to our team next season."
In one season at Georgia, Craft was 17-11 overall and 7-3 in dual-match play in the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots. She reached a season-high ranking of No. 76 on Jan. 3 and helped the Bulldogs win the SEC regular-season championship with a 4-2 mark in league play.
Before heading to Georgia, the Frisco, Texas, native was homeschooled, while training at Brookhaven Tennis Academy in Carrollton, Texas, under coach Dave Anderson and T Bar M Raquet Club in Dallas under coach Joey Rive.
"I came to Baylor because it has the best coaching in the country," Craft said. "Baylor is a developmental program, not a recruiting program which is important to me. Joey and Alison are amazing coaches and they really care about each girl on the team and their development as a tennis player and a person. Of course, academics were important to me as well - and you can't beat Baylor."
Entering college, Craft was listed as a blue-chip recruit by tennisrecruting.net as one of the top 20 prospects in the nation, while ranking as the No. 1 recruit in Texas throughout her junior career.
Her junior career highlights include winning the doubles titles at the 2011 Waco ITF, 2011 Wichita Falls ITF, 2010 Winter Nationals, 2010 Texas Open, 2008 National Open, 2009 National Open and 2009 Texas Open. She also won a Gold Ball at the 2010 Winter Nationals and won the singles title at the 2009 National Open, while capturing the 2009 SCMZ (Super Champ Major Zone) as a 15 year-old in the 18's age division
"As a tennis player I think my strengths are staying aggressive and close to the baseline," Craft said. "I have an aggressive style of play, which is rewarding in matches. I also love just being a part of a team and being able to contribute to such a great group of girls and awesome coaches. I just want to come in and play my role in contributing to an already stellar team."
Craft joins the Lady Bears with three years of eligibility remaining. Her addition gives Baylor another veteran on a roster that lost no seniors, after winning the 2013 Big 12 regular season championship.
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