WACO, Texas - Baylor women's tennis head coach Joey Scrivano announced the signing of Theresa Van Zyl from Aroab, Namibia, to a Financial Aid Contract Tuesday.
Van Zyl is slated to join the Baylor program in the spring of 2015.
"First and foremost, we think Theresa's a tremendous student-athlete," Scirvano said. "She has excelled with her academics while competing internationally at the highest level for the past few years. Theresa has proven that she has great maturity, commitment and focus. We're excited to have her onboard."
Van Zyl is schedule to graduate this fall from Penn Foster High School in Scranton, Penn., before enrolling at BU in the spring.
On the court, Van Zyl has a career ITF record of 101-60 in singles and 111-47 in doubles. In 2014, she has racked up 31 doubles wins and only 11 losses, while tallying a 17-14 record in singles. She also has a current combined ranking of No. 103 by the ITF, matching a career high ranking from March of this year.
Van Zyl's most recent title came in a Grade 3 tournament in Zimbabwe on Aug. 15, where she won both the singles and doubles title. Most recently, she competed in the International Hard Court Junior Championships here in the United States. She advanced to the semifinals in doubles play, and was knocked out in the round of 16 in singles.
Van Zyl joins the Lady Bears with four years of eligibility remaining. She will be tasked with bringing international experience to a young team. Baylor finished the year ranked No. 14, after compiling a 26-7 record and making the NCAA Round of 16 for the ninth time in the last 10 years. The Lady Bears won both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles in 2014 to give the program 17 conference titles.
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