Seattle University men's and women's tennis head coach Mark Frisby announced the SU tennis program's recent National Letter of Intent signees Thursday . Connor Leahy (Portland, Ore.) signed with and will play for the men's tennis team starting the 2013-14 season, while Jacqueline Jacques (Modesto, Calif.) and Barbara Carey (Seattle, Wash.) will suit up for the women's squad.
"We're excited because this is the best early recruiting class we've signed since moving back to Division I tennis," said Frisby of the new recruits to the program.
Connor Leahy has played for the Jesuit High School (Portland) men's tennis team three years so far, making the state tournament all three years. He won back-to-back state doubles titles in 2011 and 2012 and was a quarterfinalist in the state doubles competition his freshman year. He's taken the district doubles title the last two years as well, going undefeated in doubles play throughout the regular season and the post season. Leahy also helped the squad win the state's team title all three years. Athletic DNA currently ranks Leahy as the top men's tennis player in Oregon and 12th in the Pacific Northwest region.
Jacqueline Jacques has played for the Beyer High School women's tennis team for three years, winning every regular season match during that time. She is the three-time defending champion of the Modesto Metro Conference and has been named to the conference's All-District team three times. Jacques is also a three-time Team MVP and Player of the Year, and she won the 2008 G12 Herb Cup. She is currently in Babolat's Top 100 players from the Southwest region.
Barbara Carey has played No. 1 singles for Seattle Prep all three seasons for the Panthers. In 2012, she took second place in the state singles tournament, just one year after taking third in state doubles. Carey won the Amy Davis Award, recognizing her outstanding discipline on and off the court and her leadership qualities and hard work put into the sport of tennis. She has been named Team MVP all three years so far, and she was voted team captain for her upcoming senior season. Carey has also competed in USTA Junior tennis since the age of 10, earning multiple awards from the Seattle Tennis Club and USTA. She also made the Team Tennis National Team.