JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 18, 2004) - East Tennessee State women's tennis head coach Steve Brooks announced today that Sandie Knight, a transfer from No. 30 Wake Forest, will join the Bucs for the 2004-05 season. Knight will have junior eligibility standing at ETSU.
Knight, a communications major from Adamstown, New South Wales, Austrailia, comes to ETSU after a 15-7 singles season in 2004 with the Demon Deacons.
"I am very honored to have Sandie join our team next year. She is a great player who works hard and is very pleasant to be around. Sandie will fit in nicely with our team chemistry, "said coach Brooks. "Sandie posses a solid all court game and will continue to improve here. ETSU Women's Tennis has shown steady improvement in my three years here. The addition of Sandie in the line-up will make us more competitive both in the conference and national standings. I can not express how excited I am for the opportunity to coach Sandie Knight."
In Australia, Knight was ranked No. 1 in U-18. She was undefeated in singles for six years at Newcastle High School and served as the team's captain all six years. In 1999 and 2000 she captained her regional team. Knight played on the state team two years and won the 2001 National Championship. In 2001, she also captained the NSW All School's Tennis Team that went undefeated and was a semifinalist at the 2001 Australian National Singles Championship. An honor-roll student every semester, Knight earned the NSW Combined High Schools State Blue for Tennis (the highest school sporting award in Australia).
Knight is a niece of Peter Doohan, the current World 40's Doubles Champion. Doohan played at Arkansas from 1979082 and won the NCAA Championships in singles and doubles, before going on to reach top 50 singles and top 10 doubles on the ATP Tour, defeating Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, as well as winning matches against Andre Agassi and Goran Ivanisevic.
The ETSU women's tennis program will enter the 2004-05 season coming off of a record-breaking year in which the team finished fourth in the Southern Conference with a 6-4 record and a 17-13 overall record. Their wins included a first ever win over SoCon opponent College of Charleston in a close 4-3 match at home, and a thrilling 4-1 victory over No. 65 Virginia Tech on the road.