Norman, Okla.—University of Oklahoma head women’s tennis coach David Mullins announced today the signing of Christiana Brigante and Malene Stripp to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Sooners beginning in the fall of 2014.
“Christie’s rise through the junior ranks these last few years has been quite remarkable,” Mullins said. “She came to tennis at quite a late age, but is now competing with players that were having a lot of success on the tennis court long before Christie even picked up a racket. “
TennisRecruiting.net ranks Brigante, a five-star recruit who comes from Weston, Fla., as the 17th best player in the southeast and 48th in the nation. She is also listed as the 10th best player in Florida.
“I have no doubt she is going to continue to make significant strides in the months ahead and will be a key player for us in the years to come.”
Stripp joins the Sooners from Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2012, she rose 900 spots in the ITF rankings to achieve a career high ranking of 880.
“Malene also came to tennis relatively late, but again her progress is extraordinary,” Mullins said. “There is no doubt that her best tennis is still ahead of her and I am very much looking forward to getting to work with her on a daily basis.”
Also joining the Sooners is Brooke Withrow, a walk-on from Wichita, Kan. Withrow is a four-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting,net and is also ranked No. 117 in the nation and No. 2 in Kansas.
“We are thrilled that Brooke has decided to come to OU," Mullins said. "Brooke had a number of very good scholarship offers elsewhere but has decided instead to truly challenge herself here at OU. She is determined to be a vital contributor to this team and there is no doubt she has the tools to do so.”
Mullins said he is confident that the trio will be a great contribution to the hardworking culture that has become a part of OU women’s tennis.
“They are all extremely eager to work hard and get better during their college careers,” he said. “I feel very fortunate that I will have the opportunity to help them achieve their goals.”