INDIANAPOLIS - Head coach Tayo Bailey has signed three players to the Butler women's tennis program during the fall signing period. Kailey Eaton, Jocelyn Koester and Grace Hyde will play for the Bulldogs starting in 2013.
"I am very excited about the recruiting class we have for the fall of 2013," Bailey said. "As we have joined a new conference, I look to build a team that can compete with the best teams of the conference, physically and mentally. I believe that these three young ladies will help us accomplish that goal."
Eaton is a local standout, earning all-conference and all-district honors at nearby Fishers High School. She has played No. 1 singles since her freshman year and has twice been voted her team's MVP. As a junior in 2012, she led Fishers to the school's first sectional title and was tabbed second team all-state.
Off the court, Eaton's activities include National Honor Society, DARE Role Model, Best Buddies peer mentor and Student Athletic Council. She also boasts a 4.1 GPA.
"I am excited that Kailey has chosen to attend Butler University and be a member of our tennis team," Bailey said. "Kailey will be a key player in our lineup as we move forward in our new conference. Kailey has the drive, talent and passion that I look for in prospective recruits. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with her."
Koester is a native of St. Louis, Mo., and attends Visitation Academy of St. Louis. She has won two state championships in doubles play and has helped her school to three team state titles. Koester received the Girls Sportsmanship Award in the U16 age division, Northwest Zone, and she is a member âªof the National Honor Society.
"Jocelyn will be a great addition to our team academically, in singles and especially in doubles where she has a great experience as a two-time Missouri state champion," Bailey said. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with Jocelyn and help her succeed at the next level of competitive tennis."
Hyde is another St. Louis product, and she will come to Butler from St. Joseph Academy. She is a four-year letterwinner and a three-time all-conference and all-metro high school standout. As a junior, she was on the state championship doubles team, and finished as doubles runner-up as a sophomore. She helped St. Joseph to a state title as a senior in 2012.
"Grace will be a great asset to our team as we look to become a strong force in the A-10," Bailey said. "Grace is a very hard worker both on the playing field and off. I am really looking forward to working with Grace."
Bailey, in her first year as head coach of women's tennis at Butler, will see her team open play this season Friday, Jan. 18 against Dayton.