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May 10, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia women’s tennis coach Mark Guilbeau announced that Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) has signed a letter of intent and will join the Cavaliers this fall. A seven-time national junior champion, Stevens joins four players who signed in the fall to form the 2006-07 first-year class.

“We are extremely happy and grateful that Jennifer will join our program and enroll at the University of Virginia in the fall,” said Guilbeau. “Jennifer impresses us in every way and will be a leader for our team on and off the court. She has been one of the very strongest junior tennis players in the United States throughout her entire career. Her record and accomplishments speak for themselves. More importantly, it takes an incredible person with great work ethic, character and discipline to achieve all that she has. Along with our entire team, (assistant coach) Troy (Porco) and I are excited to work with Jennifer in all areas and help her have a fulfilling and successful career at UVa. We are thankful to her and the Stevens family for their efforts and support, as well as the support from the University of Virginia administration.”

Stevens has won seven national junior titles in her career and has been ranked No. 1 nationally in the USTA junior rankings at several age groups. In 2003, she won the girls 16s singles and doubles titles at the Super National Clay Courts in Virginia Beach at the age of 14. The following year (2004), she won the girls 18s singles title at the National Clay Court Championships in Memphis at the age of 15. Most recently, she competed as an amateur at the Boyd Tinsley Pro Tennis Championships at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville.

Stevens joins Kristen McVitty (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Brintney Larson (Orchard Park, N.Y.), Jessica Preeg (Naples, Fla.) and Austin Hansen (Santa Monica, Calif.), who all signed in November, to form the first year class during the 2006-07 season.

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