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Women's Tennis Signs Trio To National Letters Of Intent

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: December 16, 2013
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake head women's tennis coach Sadhaf Pervez has announced the signing of high school standouts Summer Brills (North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View), Tess Herder (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit) and Adrienne Jensen (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West) to a national letters of intent to join the Bulldog program for the 2014-15 academic year.

“We are very excited to have a trio of amazing girls join the Bulldog Way as each girl brings something different to our team," Pervez commented.  "With our signings of Summer (Brills), Tess (Herder) and Adrienne (Johnson) we have added depth to our lineup. Having nine girls who can beat each other on any given day will give us that competitive edge.”

“Each kid comes from an amazing family and I am very honored to have the opportunity to be their head coach and see them grow. They are the complete package in what we want for our family at Drake, they are our baby Bulldogs.”

A four-time all-conference selection at Mounds View High School, Brills helped spark the Mustangs to second-, fifth- and sixth-place state finishes as a freshman, sophomore and junior, respectively.  Individually, she captured the Minnesota ‘2A’ singles title as a junior and garnered a runner-up performance as a senior. She is ranked third in singles by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in the Northern Girls 18’s Section and Plains Region and is rated among the top 150 players nationally among the 2014 recruiting class by TennisRecruiting.net.

“Summer is the girl who always has a smile on her face,” said Pervez. “She is such a positive person and people are drawn to her because of her attitude. Summer has such clean technical strokes, which is going to develop into a big game in college. What makes her unique is her will to just win out on the court, she has the juice!  She is relentless and truly is going to be a physical player in college. Summer is going to make her legacy at Drake, she has the talent to be great.”

A three-time all-conference honoree at Lee’s Summit High School, Herder captured the Missouri ‘6A’ singles championship as a senior after registering a runner-up finish as a sophomore. She is ranked 11th in singles by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in the Missouri Valley Girls 18’s Section and is rated among the top 175 players nationally among the 2014 recruiting class by TennisRecruiting.net.

“Tess has the work ethic that I have been developing with our current team,” explained Pervez. “She goes the extra one percent every time she steps out on the practice court. She is the type of kid that is all about getting better and that is a coaches’ dream. I was really drawn to her speed and her positive mannerisms in her matches. Tess is hungry and she has high goals for her career at Drake. She plays with her heart and I am so excited to work with her next year.”

A top 100 national recruit by TennisRecruiting.net in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Jensen attended but didn’t compete for Iowa City West High School. She is ranked 33rd in singles by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in the Missouri Valley Girls 18’s Section, while rating as the top-ranked player in Iowa in the 2014 recruiting class by TennisRecruiting.net.

“Adrienne is our secret weapon, I believe she will grow the most through our program,” Pervez expressed. “Adrienne was nationally ranked in the top 50 in the 16's. She knows how to win matches and has had great experience playing the big junior tournaments. She also has the most sportsmanship trophies that I have ever seen! She is such a kind and thoughtful person and it is a blessing to just be around her.”

Brills, Herder and Jensen own rankings of 52, 177 and 199, respectively, by TennisRecruiting.net in the latest National 18's rankings.

Brills, Herder and Jensen are the first student-athletes to sign a national letter of intent with Pervez and the Bulldogs for the 2014-15 campaign.

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