ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's tennis team adds two proven winners to the lineup next season with the addition of transfer student Jocelyn Ffriend and freshman Linn Timmermann, who signed a National Letter of Intent and will enroll this fall at Georgia State.
Ffriend transfers to Georgia State from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Friend graduated from UNC last semester and has one remaining year of eligibility to compete in NCAA Division I Women's Tennis. She will pursue a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science at Georgia State.
Timmermann, a native of Rostock, Germany, arrives at Georgia State after spending the last four years at Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Wesley Chapel, Fla. She enjoyed a successful prep career, earning a 33-2 record throughout her four years. She earned the 2010 and 2011 Player of the Year Award, 2010 and 2011 Leadership, Sportsmanship Award, 2010 Hardest Worker Award and 2010 Performance/Fitness Award from Saddlebrook. The academy has placed nearly 50 of its graduates at Division I institutions since the year 2000.
"We are excited to add Linn and Jocelyn to the team in the Fall semester," fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac said, "They both fit in with our team very well, are great students and are top-notch individuals, which we are always thrilled to add to the program."
Ffriend went 13-7 in singles and 6-6 in doubles during her freshman season at UNC. She began the 2010 spring season ranked No. 28 in the ITA Division I National Doubles Rankings playing with Haley Hemm. The two were also ranked No. 8 in the Carolinas Region. Ffriend also compiled a 7-4 singles record and a 26-7 doubles mark during her sophomore campaign at UNC.
"We are looking for her to come in and potentially form one of the top doubles tandems," Lisac said, "We're also looking to her to provide experience and leadership that we will need to take the next step as a team."
Timmermann earned a national ranking of No. 54 and a Florida state ranking of No. 26 from tennisrecruiting.net in its 2012 Age 18 Girls' tennis rankings.
"Linn had a stellar junior career and we are looking forward to her contributing immediately and solidifying our lineup," Lisac said, "I believe that with her work ethic, the sky is the limit for Linn and she can develop into a top-of-the-lineup player in the upcoming years."
Ffriend and Timmermann join Minsk, Belarus, native Natallia Vavulina, who signed with Georgia State last fall, to form a strong freshmen class for GSU's 2012-13 season. The Panthers return four players from their singles lineup next season including 2012 ITA All-American Abigail Tere-Apisah. Visit the women's tennis page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for updates throughout the offseason.