Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

College Commitment
Fall Signing Week '09: Mira to the Commodores
by Ali Jones, 10 November 2009

Five star Maria Lauren Mira and Virginia freshman Erin Vierra were locked in a four-hour battle of skills and wills at the 2009 Claycourts Nationals in Memphis.

Maria Lauren Mira is heading to Vanderbilt
© Bruce Yeung, YeungPhotography.com
Mira upset Vierra 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, sat down and was back on court an hour later to face Blue Chip Elizabeth Begley (who has committed to Texas).

That day was just destined for long, tough matches. Mira and Begley stretched theirs to two hours.

For the third set, an exhausted Mira had to quickly change her game plan and decided to serve and volley, a tactic almost unheard of these days, particularly on clay.

She did herself proud, won three games, but eventually fell to Begley, 4-6,7-5,6-3. Winning those three games with legs that had been running for six hours made Mira realize that she could actually employ serving and volleying with success. She finished the tournament 4-2.

Mira, with her grit, determination, and yes, that serve-and-volley game will head back to Tennessee next fall to wear the black and gold of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

"I chose Vanderbilt based on the following factors: the small student population, its academic excellence and topnotch tennis program with a great coaching staff and its beautiful campus in the heart of Nashville," Mira said. "In addition, I also wanted to stay in the SEC."

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
 
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
LOG IN
User Name
 
Password
 
 
Forget your password?
 
Register Now For Free!
NOT REGISTERED?
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!
 

 
BECOME A FAN
 
  Help build our following.
 
  Follow us on Facebook
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
10/22 Michelle Wang chooses Cornell
10/21 Sean Halloran chooses Sewanee
10/21 Devin Knors chooses Appalachian State
10/21 Mac McCullough chooses Sewanee
10/21 Samuel Beren chooses Harvard
10/21 Tony Leto chooses Iowa
10/21 Daniel Gealer chooses UCLA
10/21 Matthew Miles chooses Mary Washington
10/21 Gabrielle Centenari chooses Davidson
10/21 John Goodwin chooses Texas

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 THE LATEST FROM TENNIS EXPRESS
10/22 We agree! RT @saboortweets: If you want some great #tennis gear then @TennisExpress is the place to check it all out
10/22 Simona Halep was a stealth fighter in her win over Serena today! Get her @adidastennis look
10/22 Looking for a tennis bag? We have all the info you need to make the perfect choice! Check out our helpful guide
10/21 Despite a bout of appendicitis, Rafa Nadal is putting off surgery until after the season ends. Now that's dedication!
 
 

Page updated on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Contact our web team with any corrections