Casey Collins To Join Lady Pirate Tennis Program

Casey Collins, a doubles state champion and two-time regional title-holder from Salisbury (N.C.) High School, has declared her commitment to attend and play tennis at East Carolina University beginning this fall according to an announcement from head women's tennis coach Tom Morris Wednesday.

Collins, who had posted a prep career singles record of 57-4 prior to the start of her senior season, was a part of a state champion doubles tandem in 2007 after finishing as runner-up during her sophomore campaign in 2006. In all, she entered her senior year with a combined 74-9 pairs mark that produced a pair of N.C. 2A Midwest Regional titles in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to three consecutive all-conference and all-county selections, Collins earned all-state accolades in doubles play as a sophomore and junior while also garnering SHS team MVP honors. She also helped guide the Hornets to three straight state championship appearances, which included a title in 2006.

Collins, who also has earned varsity letters in basketball and swimming, will complete an illustrious high school academic career in June that includes selection to the National Honor Society and Key Club. She also served two terms as a representative in the SHS Student Government Association, earned the mathematics department's Geometry Award and was chosen as the school's Homecoming Queen last fall.

The Lady Pirates currently own a 16-5 overall spring dual match record and will open play in the Conference USA Championship Tournament Thursday when it faces UAB in first-round action on the campus of the University of Houston.

Since Morris has taken over the ECU women's tennis program in 1999, he has matched or surpassed ECU's single-season victory record in four of the last six years (16 in 2003, 17 in 2005 and 19 in 2006 and 2007).

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