MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin head tennis coach Dennis Taylor has announced that Elina Geut and Maria Sadusky have each signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Skyhawks, beginning in the 2014-15 season.
The tandem will join a Skyhawk team which is coming off a favorable showing in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals and returns two All-OVC selections. Geut is currently finishing out her prep career at Lyceum High School in Orenburg, Russia, while Sadusky is completing her high school career at St. Thomas More Academy in Dover, Del.
Geut joins the Skyhawks after being ranked as one of the top 18u players in Russia. At the ripe age of 15, Geut reached the semifinals of the Russian National Tournament and the finals of the Orenburg Adult Championships in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. She will look to use her national experience to her advantage, being slated to find a spot in the lineup immediately.
Sadusky is the second talented athlete to be recruited from Dover, Del. Sadusky joins current Skyhawk and former rival Sarah Candeloro who joined the team last season. She has taken honors and advanced academic courses all four years in high school. On the court, her 2011 junior tennis team was ranked ninth in the nation while moving to the 12th slot in 2013. She will bring a wealth of experience into her freshman season after playing at the No. 1 draw for the past two seasons on her high school squad.
By recruiting Geut and Sadusky, Coach Taylor continues the UT Martin tradition of recruiting players with a history of academic and athletic excellence. Just recently the Skyhawks received a public recognition award for top academic performance from the NCAA. The award is given to teams in the top-10 percent of the multi-year Academic Progress Rates, which is part of the NCAA’s academic reform program.
The Skyhawks have a storied history of being amongst the best teams in the conference in the classroom. This year the Skyhawks placed all eight players on the university’s Dean’s List while four players maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. As a team the Skyhawks tallied a 3.8 GPA while seniors Katie McCall and Ivon Simic each graduated this past weekend.
In 2012-13 the Skyhawks had five players earn the Ohio Valley Conference’s Medal of Honor, an honor bestowed to athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Along with the Medal of Honor recipients, seven Skyhawks were named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
“Academics are a key factor in recruiting students for our tennis program,” said Taylor. “Elina and Maria are top students and great athletes. They will be a great addition to our university both on the court and in the classroom.”