June 2, 2011
LOS ANGELES - UCLA women's tennis coach Stella Sampras Webster announced the signing of one of America's top players on Thursday, as Maryland's Skylar Morton has signed a letter-of-intent to join the Bruin program in the fall of 2011. Morton, from Bethesda, Md., becomes the third highly-touted player to sign with UCLA for next season, joining Robin Anderson (Matawan, N.J.) and Kaitlin Ray (Little Rock, Ark.).
"I am obviously thrilled that Skylar Morton will be joining the Bruin family this fall," says Sampras Webster, who recently guided UCLA to a semifinal finish at the NCAA Championships. "She is a tremendous athlete and a well-rounded player who should help us immediately. We already had a great class with Robin and Kaitlin, and Skylar's addition makes us that much better. I'm extremely excited for the future of UCLA tennis."
Morton, who is home schooled and graduating a year ahead of schedule, trains out of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md. She is currently listed as the No. 10 overall recruit (No. 1 in Maryland) in the class of 2012 according to TennisRecruiting.net. A few of her highlights include reaching the singles final at the 2010 International Grass Court Championships in Philadelphia, capturing the doubles title (w/Kylie McPhillips) at the 2010 Easter Bowl (16s), and winning the girls' 18s title (w/McPhillips) at the 2011 USTA Spring Nationals in Mobile, Ala.
"I'm so excited to become a Bruin," says Morton, who is coached at the JTCC by former Clemson coach Chuck Kriese. "Part of the reason I'm finishing early is because I can't wait to get to UCLA and begin playing college tennis. I know both Robin and Kaitlin and they are great players. I'm really looking forward to next year."