USC Tennis Signs Meredith Xepoleas To Join The Women Of Troy|
May 2, 2014
USC women's tennis has added a Southern California star to the program with the signing of Meredith Xepoleas to a national letter of intent on April 30, USC head coach Richard Gallien has announced. Xepoleas will join the Women of Troy for the coming 2014-15 season.
"We are extremely thrilled that Meredith has decided to accept a scholarship to USC and play for our team," Gallien said of Xepoleas. "Meredith is definitely one of the top three recruits in the country. She's a great singles player, a great doubles player and a great student. More importantly she's a terrific young lady whose character is beyond reproach. She comes from a marvelous family, with a sister who is already doing great in college tennis."
Xepoleas will finish her degree from Laurel Springs a year early, bringing her to USC next season to join the Women of Troy. The Huntington Beach, Calif., resident began her tennis career at the Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, Calif.. There, she'd find some serious success at The Ojai Tournament, where she reached the singles 16-under finals at age 12. She'd later earn the Bronze Ball at the USTA 14-under National Hard Court tournament -- that time at age 13. A five-time 18-under junior winner in 2013, she'd move to the pro circuit in 2014, where she claimed wins over players ranked as high as 315 on the WTA circuit. Ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation, she is currently the fourth ranked player in the 2014 class.
"Meredith is as hungry as they come and we are lucky to have her on our team," associate head coach West Nott said. "Her talent will instantly translate to college with her intense competitive spirit and bazooka-like game. Her parents deserve a ton of credit for helping her graduate a year early to join our team and for raising a classy young lady. Meredith approaches Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the same whether she wins or loses on the weekends, and that work ethic will make a huge difference as her career unfolds."
Academically, Xepoleas is already an accomplished writer. A published author who earned an award for her short story "Sal and Pep: The 12:10 to Cheyenne", she is currently at work on her second novel. She plans to major in creative writing at USC.
"Meredith has sacrificed a great deal with her studies to graduate early and join us, so we are very appreciate of her efforts and her family's efforts to get her to us a year early," Gallien said. "She's had success at the junior level and at some pro tournaments, so we have no doubt that she's going to be an integral part of our effort to track down a national championship within the next four years."