SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's tennis program has signed Texas-native Grace Dodd to a National Letter of Intent (NLI), the team announced Monday.
Grace, who will graduate this coming spring from the STEM Academy in Lewisville, Texas, will join the Sacramento State women's tennis team for the fall of the 2019-2020 season.
"Grace will make an immediate impact on the team with her energetic personality and doubles experience," said women's tennis head coach Cami Hubbs.
From Dallas, Grace currently plays for the Brookhaven Tennis Academy under coaches Dave Anderson and Dion Cupri and has developed into one of the state's top-ranked players.
She has placed highly in multiple state and regional tournaments, most recently finishing fourth in doubles competition at the 2018 Texas Grand Slam. She also has top-5 finishes in the Junior Team Tennis Nationals, the Go for Gold Nationals, and the World Team Tennis Nationals. She was also recently ranked as high as 15 in the state of Texas.
In addition to her on-court talents, Grace brings a dedicated and spirited personality to her tennis. She is the recipient of numerous sportsmanship and spirit awards, including Brookhaven Tennis Academy's "Outstanding Spirit" award. Anderson, her current coach at Brookhaven, told TennisRecruiting.net that he was especially proud of her work ethic, calling her a "born leader" and that she "loves the team atmosphere."
This attitude is part of what attracted the women's program at Sacramento State to Grace.
"Her commitment, energy, eagerness, these were all parts of Grace's character that, in addition to her talent, put her high on our list," added Hubbs. "We're very excited to have her join the Hornet women's tennis family in the fall!"
Personal: Parents are Peter and Andrea Dodd...Her mother played tennis for the University of North Texas...Plans to pursue either business or medicine...Her serve has been clocked as high at 105 mph...Is an "all-court tennis player," feeling comfortable at and playing at the net often.