Jacksonville head tennis coach Mark Robins didn't have many roster spots to fill, with the majority of the Jacksonville College men's and women's tennis players being freshmen this past season, which was the first for the JC team's in school history.
Nevertheless Robins seemed to have much success in filling in the holes, especially on the women's side where he was able to sign two USTA ranked players — Kara Chitty, a product of Frankston High School and recent Houston-Memorial High graduate Lamborghina Robinson.
Chitty is ranked as the No. 1 Girls 18's USTA Qualifier List player in Texas and competes at the SuperChamp level.
She won the Amarillo Championship (Major Zone) on May 5 and finished as the runner-up of the Plano Championship (Major Zone) in mid April.
In her senior year at Frankston shed led her team to a district title and was a regional finalist as well as a state Class 2A semi-finalist.
Chitty graduated with honors at Frankston, where sh ranked in the top 10 percent of her class.
Robinson, who signed in the fall with the nationally ranked Lady jaguars, played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles at memorial High.
She is also ranked as No. 1 Girls 18's USTA player in Texas and ranked No. 71 in USTA Women's Open level.
“Miss Robinson will be a solid addition to the Lady Jaguar program,” Robins said. “She really brings a positive 'can do' attitude to the court.”
Jaguars add Bass and Munro to mix
Robins was also able to garner the services of Brandon Bass and Miles Munro for the Jaguar squad.
Bass played No. 1 boys singles and No.1 mixed doubles for Kaufman High School this past season.
Robins stated that Bass has been playing tennis for five years and that he is ranked in the state of Texas.
He competed at the regional and state levels while at Kaufman.
Bass is a member of the BMA of Texas and was selected to receive an honoree scholarship to attend JC.
“I'm always glad to add someone who works hard both on and off the court,” Robins said.
Munro is from Killeen and is a product of Harker Heights high School where he played No. 1 boys singles and at No. 1 boys doubles for the Knights.
Munro was a two-sport (baseball) athlete at Harker Heights.
He plans on taking his basic courses at JC while he decides on a major.
“Miles (Munroe) is a solid addition to the Jaguar tennis team,” Robins said.
The Jags were also able to advance into the top 20 of the NJCAA rankings this past season.