Incoming Class Ranked No. 2 In The Nation|
June 2, 2014
The USC women's tennis team's highly anticipated new group of Women of Troy combine forces as the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to tennisrecruiting.net. In a set of updated rankings released today, the Trojan trio of Gabrielle Smith, Madison Westby and Meredith Xepoleas stands second in the land, having received five first-place votes.
All three signees are blue-chip players according to tennis recruiting.net. Hailing from three different states, Smith (Nevada), Westby (Oklahoma) and Xepoleas (California), but will join forces at Troy as freshman for the coming 2014-15 season. Xepoleas is the latest addition to the class, having signed her national letter of intent on April 30, 2014. Smith and Westby signed on in November 2013.
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.
A product of Tulsa, Okla., 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 even in Waco, Texas, as well as a singles and doubles champ at a USTA even 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.
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.