Women’s Tennis Signs Pair To National Letters of Intent

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Women's Tennis Head Coach Mike Quitko has announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent for the class of 2017. Rachel Horton (Stamford, Conn.) and Sydney Young (Austin, Texas) will join the Bobcats in the fall of 2013. 

"I'm excited to have two players who will make such an immediate impact on our team next year," said Quitko. "Rachel and Sydney have participated in many USTA National and ITF Tournaments, which has provided them with the experience needed to help us accomplish our goals."

Rachel Horton, a native of Stamford, Connecticut, will look to make an immediate impact for the Bobcats in the 2013-14 season. Nationally-ranked as high as No. 27 in singles, she has sustained a top five ranking in the New England Region and a No. 3 ranking in the state of Connecticut. In addition to singles, Horton has also reached consecutive New England Sectionals in doubles competition - which includes several finals' appearances and championship titles. She currently trains full time at Intensity Tennis Academy with Ryan Ginley and Adam Altschuler in Norwalk, Conn., two renowned instructors who are largely responsible for her Four Star rating by Tennisrecruiting.net. Earlier in her career, Horton won national doubles titles and was a semi-finalist in singles at the Connecticut State Championships in her freshman campaign.

"Rachel being a local Connecticut player, I knew more about going into the 2013 recruiting season," said Quitko. "When I would watch her play, you see such tenacity; she's a very strong, well-minded player that is never out of a match. I think her work ethic combined with her ability and drive will allow her to exceed her potential."


Horton chose Quinnipiac because of the family environment that the school creates and her relationship with Coach Quitko, Coach Miller and all the girls on the team. Horton loves the campus and will major in a demanding Pre-Med program at QU.

Sydney Young, a native of New York but currently resides in Austin, Texas, will also bring a wealth of experience to the Bobcats roster. One of Texas' top 10 tennis players, Young has earned a top-125 national ranking with a resume complete with multiple doubles titles. She has also claimed a Four Star rating by Tennisrecruiting.net and was rated as high as 148 for her class. This past year, Young made her way to the Texas Sectional Doubles Semifinal and was featured on the Prince Hot 100 list. She currently trains at Advantage Doyle Tennis Academy in Austin with two prolific coaches in Vince Segovia and Grant Doyle.

"We saw Sydney play at a College Showcase for players aspiring to play at the next level," said Quitko. "She has a complete game; more complete than most players her age entering college. She's a great "all-around player" and I expect her physical and mental capabilities to be apparent right from the start."


She chose Quinnipiac because of its highly regarded reputation in health and science and the great success that the tennis team has had. Young will join Rachel and major in Pre-Med at QU.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Quinnipiac Women's Tennis Schedule is also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu