SPARTANBURG, S.C.- In her first year as the women’s tennis coach, Katie Hangstefer has put together a solid recruiting class as announced on Friday. Joining the Terriers in 2009 will be Bethany Dyar of Hilton Head, S.C., Guinn Garcia from Knoxville, Tenn., and Lindsay Larkin of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. All three players are ranked highly within their state as well as in the southern United States.
“I’m really excited about this year’s recruiting class. All three players love the game of tennis and are very talented. Next season they will make an immediate impact on our team and add a lot of depth and talent,” noted Hangstefer.
Dyar, a four star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net, is currently ranked 198th in the nation, 58 in the southeast and number five in the state of South Carolina. She has participated in state, sectional and national USTA sanctioned events. During her junior and senior year she was a member of the Zonal team representing the Southern United States. Off the court, Dyar is the Vice President of the senior class at Heritage academy, a member of the leadership council and a co-chairperson for Relay for life as well as Samaritan’s purse. She was given the 2007 award for character and for Foreign Language during her junior year. Dyar is the daughter of Gene Dyar Jr. and Tonya Dyar.
Larkin will join the Terriers as a three star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net while boasting a national ranking of 347, a Southern ranking of 95 and a state ranking of 11 in South Carolina. Larkin, who went undefeated in high school, earned three varsity letters in tennis while helping Wando High School win three state championships out of five consecutive. Larkin has been a finalist and champion of multiple junior tournaments including the Charleston Thanksgiving junior tournament and the St. Andrews “Point Quest” junior tournament. She currently holds a GPA of 4.799 and is ranked 9thout 704 in her class. Larkin is a member of the National Honor Society and National Beta Club. Larkin is a Palmetto Scholar as well as a Wofford Scholar. She is the daughter of Brian and Mary Anne Larkin.
Garcia, also a four star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net, is currently ranked 101 in the nation, 35 in the south, and number one in the state of Tennessee. At the Webb School of Knoxville, Garcia compiled a 58-5 record in singles play to go along with a 37-4 record in doubles. She was a member of the all state team in 2006, 2007, and 2008 while being named the All Knoxville Interscholastic League Prep Xtra Player of the year in 2006 and 2007. Garcia won the Tennessee State qualifiers in four different age divisions including girls 12’s, 14’s, 16’s and 18’s. Along those same lines, Garcia has been giving multiple awards for sportsmanship. Garcia is a member of the National Art Honor Society. She is the daughter of Joseph Garcia III and Deborah Garcia.