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Women’s Tennis Signs Two Five-Star American Prospects

Nov 11, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. – Head women's tennis coach Ryan Stotland signed two five-star American recruits to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Mary Grace (MG) Armistead and Kayla Meraz will be joining the Wildcats in the fall of 2021.
Armistead is from Hilton Head Island, S.C. and trains in Boca Raton, Fla and has consistently been ranked in the top 25 for her recruiting class.
"I chose the University of Arizona because of the coaches and the opportunity to play against the best competition in the best collegiate tennis conference in America," Armistead said.
The highlights of her junior career were reaching the semifinals in singles and doubles of the prestigious Eddie Herr International Junior Championships, advancing to the round of 16 of the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and reaching the semifinals of the USTA National Level 2 tournament in February.
In addition to her on-court accomplishments, Armistead has been part of the National Honor Society for four consecutive years and the High Honor Roll every semester in high school.
Armistead's parents are David and Tasha Armistead. She has one brother, Jackson, and one sister, Anna. Armistead says her family is her biggest influence on her tennis career, with her parents supporting her every step of the way. Her brother is one of Armistead's sparring partners on the court as they push each other to improve every day.
While not playing tennis, Armistead loves to spend time playing other sports and being outdoors, with snow skiing, jet skiing, horseback riding, fishing, soccer and attending sport events being her favorites.
"We are very excited to welcome MG to the Wildcat family and we believe she will be a great fit both on and off the court," Stotland said. "She has the competitive tenacity and wants to be the best. Her fun personality along with her desire to compete will be something all of the Wildcat Nation I am sure will cherish."
Meraz hails from Brea, Calif. and has been ranked as high as 33 in the country in her junior career.
"I chose the University of Arizona because it has a great atmosphere and is a great school," Meraz said. "The support that I will get from the coaches and team will help me further excel in not only my academics but my tennis as well. I played in a lot of tournaments in Tucson during my junior career and fell in love with the city."
During her junior career, Meraz won the Level 2 USTA tournament in Fullerton, Calif. in 2019 and was the first player from her high school to make the final of the CIF tournament. She also won numerous other USTA tournaments throughout her successful junior career.
Meraz is the daughter of Richard Meraz and Krista Ellis. She has two brothers, Ryan and Roman, and a sister, Kinsley. Meraz says her biggest inspiration is her dad as he always pushed her to be the best that she could be. Outside of tennis, Meraz likes to play volleyball and is an avid fan of The Office, watching it over 40 times.
"Kayla has been a top ranked American player for a long time and we are excited to have her continue her rise here at Arizona," Stotland said. "Kayla provides a great work ethic on and off the court and has proven herself by beating many of the best players in the country. We know she is excited to get started and we are excited to get her here. Kayla will be one of the players that has so much upside that we cannot wait to see how great her career at the University of Arizona will be."
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