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The Alice Lloyd women’s tennis program, under the direction of head coach Mary Turner, is pleased to announce the signing of Knott County Central High School’s Ashley Cornett to an athletic letter of intent for the 2013-14 season. Coach Turner made the short trip to Hindman, KY on Wednesday, April 17th, and returned to Pippa Passes with the fresh signature of the Lady Patriots’ singles star.

Ashley is not only outstanding on the court,” said Coach Turner, “but off the court, as well. She has excelled academically. As a player, she is very determined and hardworking, which are two key assets to building our tennis program.”

With the loss of seniors Lydia Harris and Rebekah Bevins, the Lady Eagles will have a young team next season in the always-challenging Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC). However, the addition of Cornett will go a long way towards bolstering the team with the talent it needs to succeed. Cornett was a top performer in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) in which she was the 14th Region Singles Champion. She and doubles partner Kennedy King also won this year’s doubles championship. Cornett advanced to state competition in both categories.

“She is exactly what we want in a tennis player,” Turner said. “I’ve had the chance to watch Ashley grow through the years. She loves the game, and her enthusiasm for competing is just amazing. She has a positive attitude even when she’s playing from behind in a match. I’m very glad and proud to welcome her onto our team.”

Even though she’ll be a freshman in Pippa Passes this fall, it sounds like Ashley Cornett could very well provide the Lady Eagles with some much-needed leadership and a passion for winning.

Alice Lloyd College Athletics and Athletic Director Gary Stepp proudly welcome Ashley into the Eagles family!

*Pictured above: Front row (l-r) Alice Lloyd College Tennis Coach Jeff Jacobs, Ashley Cornett, and Ashley’s parents. Back row (l-r) Knott Central Coach Freddy Hunt and Lady Eagles Tennis Head Coach Mary Turner.