Women of Troy Welcome Two For 2014-15|
Nov. 18, 2013
USC women's tennis will welcome two talented newcomers for the 2014-15 season, with the signings of national letters of intent by Trojans-to-be Gabrielle Smith and Madison Westby, USC head coach Richard Gallien and associate head coach West Nott have announced. Both players hail from out of state, with Smith coming to Troy from Nevada, and Westby joining the Trojan Family from Oklahoma.
A product of Tulsa, Okla., Madison Westby attended Bishop Kelley High School, where she was a three-time Oklahoma state champion. Her career-high national ranking stands at No. 13, and she was a recent singles winner of an ITA international event in Waco, Texas, as well as a singles and doubles champ at a USTA event in St. Louis. Also the 2013 Missouri Valley Player of the Year, Westby has claimed one Silver Ball by placing second at nationals in doubles. The daughter of Leslie and Mark, she's been coached by Doug Boswell, Craig O'Shannessy and Amer Delic.
"We can't wait to get her big personality and smile on campus," Gallien said of Westby. "She is a natural leader and loves to play tennis. We have been waiting for this moment for a long time and we're glad she is officially now a Trojan."
"Madison brings out the best in other people and everyone is excited to have her energy on campus next year," Nott added of Westby. "Madison is very athletic and can beat you from all parts of the court. What I appreciate most about Madison is that she is a great kid who tries to do the right thing all the time. We are very lucky."
Gabrielle Smith hails from Henderson, Nev., where she attended Coronado High School. She has been ranked in the top-10 in the nation and boasts three Silver Balls and four Bronze Balls. In her high school career, she was the Nevada 4A individual champion as a freshman. The daughter of Marjie and Gregory, Smith has been coached by Henner Nehles, Saad Ashraf and Ross Anderson.
"The first time I spoke with Gabrielle on the phone, I knew she would be a great fit for our program," Gallien said of Smith. "She is a great competitor who truly enjoys the work. She comes from a great family and is top-notch in the character department."
"She has a lot of the intangibles we are looking for in a player; she's very hungry," Nott said of Smith. "She packs a big punch for her size, moves quickly and fights like it's her last point."