Women’s Tennis – No. 1 recruit signs on with Frogs

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    TCU signed Texas’ No. 1-ranked junior women’s tennis player, head coach Dave Borelili announced Tuesday.Nina Munch-Soegaard, 17, of Amarillo, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Horned Frogs in fall 2006.

    “We are thrilled that Nina will be joining our program, and we are really excited that she chose TCU over other schools such as Texas and UCLA,” Borelli said. “This, I feel, is an advantage to us, since she is ranked in the juniors top 10 in the country.”

    Munch-Soegaard is currently playing in Australia at the $25,000 International Tennis Federation Women’s Event.

    “She has won three matches in the qualifiers to get into the main draw,” said Jan Munch-Soegaard, Nina’s father.

    He said she has been competing in tennis matches for 10 years now.

    “Since I am a tennis instructor, Nina has been in the tennis world her entire life, and has been playing tennis since she was 3 years old,” he said.

    In May, Munch-Soegaard began playing in professional tournaments as an amateur and currently is ranked 824th in the world.

    Borelli said having a father as a coach has given Munch-Soegaard a chance to perfect her game.

    “She is extremely fortunate to have her father as her coach,” Borelli said. “We are also very privileged to have her as a professionally ranked player representing TCU.”

    Munch-Soegaard’s mother, Melisa, is anticipating her daughter’s journey to TCU and believes Nina will benefit from her experiences from an academic standpoint and athletic.

    “We are very pleased with the TCU tennis program. Our family, along with Nina, believe that Coach Borelli is focused and can help Nina strive to become even better,” she said.