|Womens Tennis Inks Two During
November Signing Period 11/18/02
Stephens and Fish Bring Junior National Rankings to Vanderbilt
Tenn. - Vanderbilt womens tennis head coach Geoff Macdonald
announced the signings of Amanda Fish (Scituate, Mass.) and
Helene Stephens (Hilton Head, S.C.) for the 2003-04 season.
Fish, who is a senior at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass.,
has compiled an impressive list of tennis accomplishments
throughout her junior career. Fish is presently ranked No.
31 nationally in the 18-and-under division by the United States
Tennis Association (USTA), while also being ranked No. 1 by
the New England Tennis Association.
This years accolades for Fish include finishing runner-up
at National Gateway Tournament this month in St. Louis, Mo.
She also made it to the round of 16 at the prestigious Easter
Bowl Championships in Palm Springs, Calif. Fish was also a
semifinalist at the USTA National Open back in February.
Her highest national ranking came in 2001 when she finished
the year ranked No. 13 by the USTA in the 16-and-under division.
Fish won four New England Tennis Association tournaments in
2001, which helped solidify her national ranking.
Some of Fishs high school accomplishments include
being crowned Independent School League champion in 2001 and
2002. Fish was also recognized for her accomplishments in
the classroom, as she was named all-scholastic by the Boston
Globe and the Patriot Ledger in 2002.
Of all the players I saw play last summer, Amanda
stood out as a great competitor with tremendous potential,
Macdonald said. I expect her to contribute to our program
Fish selected Vanderbilt over Notre Dame, William &
Mary and Wake Forest.
Stephens, who is a senior at Hilton Head Preparatory School,
will be a solid addition to the Commodores roster next
year. In singles, she is one of the top players in the South
Carolina and also in the South. Stephens is the No. 2 ranked
player in South Carolina and No. 19 in the South.
She has also excelled in doubles action, which is an area
she will be able to contribute immediately in for the Vanderbilt.
At the USTA National Open in July, Stephens and her partner
Lingda Yang were victorious in the doubles competition. In
February, at an earlier USTA National Open, she teamed up
with Emily Applegate to make the semifinals. She is coming
off a quarterfinal doubles result with Isabel Jarosz of Canada
in an International Tennis Federation tournament (ITF). ITF
tournaments consist of the top junior players from around
Her strongest year of junior tennis came in 2001 when she
finished the year ranked No. 45 nationally in the girls 16-and-under
division, while finishing the year No. 1 in South Carolina.
Stephens 2001 season included two singles titles, two
runner-up finishes and a semifinal result.
Along with her junior tournament schedule, she also played
for Hilton Head Preparatory School for her first three years.
Stephens sat out her senior season because of her constant
college visits. Over her three seasons, she won a team state
championship in 1999, while earning all-region honors her
freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. As a sophomore, she
was named South Carolina Player of the Year.
I think Helene will emerge this year as one of the
best players in the country, Macdonald said. Her
determination and persistence complement her great technique
and athletic ability.
Stephens selected Vanderbilt over Southeastern Conference
rivals Alabama and Auburn.