Athens, GA - Lauren Herring, winner of nine U.S. National Junior tennis titles, signed a national letter-of-intent to attend the University of Georgia, Bulldog coach Jeff Wallace announced Friday.
Herring, a native of Greenville, N.C., is the daughter of C.L. and Debbie Herring. Earlier this year, she competed in the main draw doubles at the US Open in New York. She earned a wild card to the Open by winning the doubles title at the Girls’ 18s National Hard Court Championship in August. Also, she managed to win a pro circuit singles title in October, claiming a United States Tennis Association (USTA) event in Amelia Island. Herring won all five matches in straight sets, cruising through the field as an unseeded player. She is rated a “Blue Chip” recruit by TennisRecruiting.Net and ranks fourth nationally in their Class of 2011.
“Lauren will fit in really well with our current student-athletes at Georgia,” said Wallace. “Frank (Polito) and I are very excited that she decided to join the Bulldogs. She is one of the strongest and most talented junior players in the United States, and her experience in singles and doubles certainly will add to the Georgia tennis tradition. We are looking forward to her being on campus next year.”
Currently, Herring trains at The Racquet Club of the South in Norcross with Brian Devilliers and Grant Stafford, and she is completing classes through Kaplan High School. While growing up in Greenville, her coaches included Troy Robinson, Matt Rowe and Mark Trail. Also, she spent two years in Boca Raton, Fla., at the USTA Training Center. Herring first started playing tennis when she was seven and by 2005, she was the nation’s top ranked singles and doubles player in the USTA 12s age division. In 2007, she won national titles in the 14s, 16s and 18s. Also, she managed to be ranked No. 3 in the 14s, No. 5 in the 16s and No. 47 in the 18s through her play in various tournaments.
Herring is the latest addition to the Bulldogs who had the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class last year. Georgia’s 2011 squad features six freshmen, one sophomore, one senior and two returning All-Americans in juniors Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist. Herring will join the Bulldogs next fall.