Tennis Announces Signing of Top-50 Player
Five-Star Recruit Kalani Soli Inks Letter of Intent With Mean Green
Head tennis coach Sujay Lama announced the signing of Kalani Soli on Tuesday.
DENTON - North Texas head tennis coach Sujay Lama has announced the signing of Kalani Soli, the 49th-ranked recruit in the country, to a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday.
“We are very excited to have Kalani join the Mean Green tennis family,” Lama said. “Not only is she a tremendous tennis player but more importantly, she’s a great person.”
As a five-start recruit, Soli will join Lama and the Mean Green in Denton, and the North Texas coach doesn’t hold back when talking about the skill that the Carson, California, native will bring to the team.
“Kalani has an all court game and produces effortless power,” Lama continued. “She is arguably one of the best doubles players in this class and will be an impact player in both singles and doubles for us.”
In addition to her No. 49 national ranking, Soli comes in as the eleventh-ranked recruit in all of California, according to TennisRecruiting.net. She was previously the tenth-ranked 16’s player in the country. Additionally, Soli has won singles and doubles championships at the G16 and G18 levels and was a USTA National Selection finalist in 2014.
But perhaps the biggest recent win on the signee’s resume came just last month at the prestigious J.P. Yamasaki Junior Closed Tournament in Orange County, California. It was there that the newest member of the Mean Green put together six-straight wins in the 18-and-under designated tournament to win the singles championship.
“I chose North Texas because I felt it was the right fit for me,” Soli said of her future school. “The coaches were amazing and treated me like I was a part of the team. I also got excited with how well the team was doing and I feel like we have a really good chance to be a top team.”
Soli will join a team full of talent, including a stellar group of current freshmen, indicating that North Texas tennis will be a group to watch for in 2016 and the years to come.