Tennis, Volleyball, and Golf Announce Signees

Tennis Signs CottonWestern Carolina’s head women’s tennis coach Jan Stubbs announced the signing today of Kristin Cotton of Central, S.C. to a National Letter of Intent.

Cotton has lettered on the varsity squad for the past five seasons at D.W. Daniel High School. In the eighth grade she was the number three singles player at D.W. Daniel. As a freshman and sophomore Cotton was the number two singles and number one doubles player, while her junior and senior season she played at the number one singles and doubles posititon. She recorded an overall singles record of 64-6 and a doubles record of 30-5.

Cotton is a two-time all-region player and was named Region Player of the Year for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. She was also named a National High School Coaches Association All-American in 1999. Cotton additionally was a South Carolina Individual State Tournament Qualifer for three seasons, placing third in 2000.

Cotton has been a ranked United States Tennis Association (USTA) player for seven years. In 2000, she was ranked 84th in the southern standings and 685th in the national standings.

The Central, S.C. native has been a member of the Interact Service Club, Performing Chorus, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta Club, United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) and UMYF Choir.

Western Volleyball Signs Eble

Head volleyball coach Michelle Hansen announced today the signing of Tricia Eble, a middle blocker from Marietta, Ga.

Eble played for Marietta High School in Marietta, Ga, where she was named all-state and all-county twice. She was also named to the honorable mention all-state team as a sophomore. Eble holds the Marietta High School individual season record for blocks (346) and kills (813) and led the team with a .348 hitting percentage during the 2000 season. She also holds the school’s record for career kills (1,731), blocks (756), digs (1,157) and sevice aces (228).

Eble led her team to the state finals in each of the past two seasons. She was a top five finalist for School Sports Magazine Georgia Player of the Year and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Nominee. Eble was named as the Marietta Daily Journal Athlete of the Week, Marietta High School Student of the Month and to the Georgia High School Senior All-Star Team.

The 6-2 middle blocker was awarded two outstanding player awards, the Kennesaw University Bobbi Bailey Award and the Tricia Eble Outstanding Player Award. She was the first recipient of the Tricia Eble Award, it was named in her honor.

Eble led her club team to the Southern Regional Championships this season and the National Qualifiers in 1999. Eble is also a four-year letterwinner in soccer and was named all-county twice in that sport.

“We are excited that Tricia is our tallest signee since we took over the program in 1997,” stated Hansen. “At 6-2 she is surprisingly quick and agile and has great natural lateral movement.” Eble is currently playing club volleyball for the Atlanta Juniors with whom she has played for the past six years.

Although her main position is middle blocker, she has also been getting experience at the outside hitting positions. “We are very excited about the height and versatility that she will bring at the net.”

Lady Catamount Golf Signs Cordes

Western Carolina University’s head women’s golf coach Steve Lott announced the signing today of Line Soeltoft Cordes of Bronderslev, Denmark to a National Letter of Intent.

Cordes is a two-time member of the Danish National Team and one of the top five junior golfers in Denmark. In 2000, she was runner up in the Danish Junior Championships. Cordes also finished in the top 10 in the Nordic Championships and in the top 25 in the European Championships. She was the highest finishing Dane in both of these events. The senior at Bronderslev Gymnasium is also an accomplished badminton player, skier and scuba diver.

“This is a great day for Lady Catamount Golf,” said Coach Lott. “Not only is Line an accomplished golfer, she is a wonderful young lady with the drive and determination to be the best at everything she does. She will make an immediate impact on our team and in the Southern Conference.”