Panther Tennis Signs Three To National Letters Of Intent
Sean McInerney

Sean McInerney

Dec. 3, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Alysa Straub of Burr Ridge, Ill., and Aerielle Pendleton or Orchard Lake, Mich., have each signed National Letters of Intent while Katie Shepherd of Dublin, Ohio, has announced her intent to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and play tennis.

The trio will join head coach Sean McInerney's squad in the fall of 2013.

"I honestly do not feel we could have found a better overall recruiting class with Alysa, Aerielle and Katie," McInerney said. "They are all extremely good students, competitive and talented players and have great personalities that will immediately fit in with our team. I am so excited they have chosen UWM and know they will work very hard to achieve our goals."

Straub is a standout from Nazareth Academy. She is a three-star recruit according and has been ranked as high as 183rd in the nation. She is also ranked among the top 15 players in the state of Illinois. In high school, she won an East Suburban Catholic Conference singles championship as a freshman and was a three-time all-state doubles performer.

"Alysa is going to be a great addition to our program," McInerney said. "She has tremendous talent and I believe she will be an upper-level all-conference type performer. Alysa has a great personality and will immediately be a success both academically and athletically. We are very lucky to have her joining our team."

Pendleton has starred at West Bloomfield High School and is also a three-star recruit according to She has been ranked as high as 272nd in the nation and is among the top 10 players in the state of Michigan. She also received All-Oakland County honors during her high school career.

"Aerielle is a great competitor that has great movement and consistency," McInerney said. "I am looking forward to adding a little bit more aggression to her game and that will really make her a great college player. She has a contagious positive personality and I feel will really help us next year."



Shepherd is another three-star recruit who comes from Watterson High School. She has been ranked as high as 233rd in the nation and is among the top 15 players in the state of Ohio. She has posted three top-four finishes in doubles in the state, including a runner-up finish in 2011

"Katie is outstanding and in my opinion has only begun to scratch the surface of her potential," McInerney said. "She has very good hands and is a great athlete. I am looking forward to getting her on campus and starting to develop a style of play that will make her an outstanding college player. Katie is also an outstanding doubles player and will immediately help our lineup."

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