MACOMB, Ill. - The Western Illinois women's tennis team got a commit for the fall of 2013. Jenna Wallace (Crystal Lake Central/Crystal Lake) signed her national letter of intent for August 2013.
Wallace was ranked #1 in Northern Illinois. She was a four-year state qualifier in singles in the IHSA. Wallace won two rounds each year, finishing in the top-32 at state in both her junior and senior year.
"Jenna has dominated high school tennis in Northern Illinois," said third-year head coach Chris Kane. "We think she can come into our program and help us immediately. Jenna loves to play tennis, and improve. That's certainly one quality that will serve her well in college tennis."
The Crystal Lake native was a two-time sectional singles champion at the Cary-Grove IHSA Sectional. She also went undefeated in Fox Valley Conference play in 2012.
"We'll attempt to improve the power and spin on Jenna's serve so she gets a few free points a game that she's not now getting," added Kane. "That will help her tremendously, as her consistency and court coverage are already outstanding."
Wallace has been well coached in her career. Her grandfather, Don Nead, is a 30-year veteran of Illinois High School coaching. Coach Kane commented on Wallace's experience and what she can bring to the program beginning next year.
"Jenna will be an outstanding addition to our program. She has outstanding strokes and is very quick on the court. She also gets to an awful lot of balls another player might not reach. I wouldn't be surprised to see some long 3-hour plus matches for her at Western, as Jenna is a fighter who will stay out there as long as it takes to win."