Summitt Inks Pair of Signees for 2017-18
OMAHA, Neb. – Head coach Adam Summitt announced Monday that Minnesota duo Savanna Crowell and Natalie Lorentz have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Omaha women's tennis program in 2017-18.
Savage, Minn. (Prior Lake)
Crowell has been a six-year letterwinner for coach PJ Priest at Prior Lake High School. A six-time South Suburban All-Conference selection, she is the third-ranked player in Minnesota and 227th nationally.
As a senior, Crowell was a state AA and Section 2AA doubles champion, and her team earned a consolation championship at the state tournament. Crowell's junior year was highlighted by a USTA Northern Sectional doubles championship, and her team picked up its second straight state runner-up finish. Crowell also won a Section 3AA doubles title in her freshman campaign.
In the classroom, Crowell is a member of the honor roll and garnered a Board Scholar Award as a sophomore for ranking in the top 25 percent of her class.
"Standing at 6-2, Savanna is a rare treat in women's tennis with her height," Summitt said. "She possesses one of the best serves in the junior ranks, and she will be able to hold her own with higher-ranked players on that alone.
"But what makes Savanna really special is her variety in her game. She can grind from the baseline and can quickly turn defense into offense. She is a great person of high character, and she is a great fit for what we're building here at Omaha."
St. Louis Park, Minn. (St. Louis Park)
Lorentz has been a six-year letterwinner for coach David Breitenbucher at St. Louis Park High School. As a junior, Lorentz became her school's first female tennis player to qualify for the state tournament, and she followed with a second state appearance as a senior. Lorentz was named all-conference six consecutive seasons and went a perfect 7-0 in No. 1 singles play each of the last two years, with her senior campaign highlighted by a No. 3 state ranking.
Lorentz also won the USTA Regional Tournament in Dallas, Texas, her freshman year and was a doubles finalist in the USTA Regional Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla., as a senior.
A standout academically, Lorentz is a member of the National Honor Society and was named Metro West Academic All-Conference and All-State Academic. She owns a 3.9 grade-point average and ranks in the top 10 percent of her class.
"Natalie is an exceptional tennis player," Summitt said. "She is a very consistent, smart player who can wear opponents down and wait for her opportunity to strike.
"One of the best things about Natalie is her competitiveness. I've seen her lose the first set in matches and claw back to take the next two. She is someone who doesn't give up and leaves it all out there. She fits the mold here at Omaha, and I'm looking forward to her contributing next year."