Nov. 30, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - El Cerrito High School standout Layla Sanders has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the UC Davis women's tennis team, it was announced by head coach Bill Maze during the November signing period. Sanders is a Five-Star Recruit, as rated by tennisrecruiting.net and is set to enroll with the Aggies in the fall of 2011.
Listed at 5-foot-2, Sanders has been ranked in the top five in the NorCal region in every age group, including three separate No. 1 rankings. In 2006, she was in the top 20 of the USTA National Rankings and was a finalist at the Copper Bowl. Sanders went undefeated in prep play in 2007 and was the ACCAL Champion. She was also a member of the Jr. Fed Cup Team and the Pacific Cup Team in the NorCal region during 2007.
In 2008, Sanders repeated as ACCAL Champion after going undefeated in prep play. She was also a finalist at NCS and again was a member of the Jr .Fed Cup Team in the NorCal Region.
Academically, Sanders has been a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) since 2007. She is also currently a member of student council and a member of Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.).
Sanders was recruited by the likes of Rice University, St. Mary's College, Santa Clara University and the College of William and Mary, before choosing UC Davis.
"We are very fortunate that Layla has chosen to attend UC Davis," said Maze. "Her high school academic record is extremely impressive and she has always been at or near the top in the NorCal junior tennis rankings. She is an all-court player which makes her as adept in doubles as she is in singles. We are looking forward to welcoming her to UC Davis in the fall of 2011."
The Aggies will begin their spring season on Jan. 22, 2011 when they travel to play a pair of matches in Tempe, Ariz. vs. Iowa State and Arizona State.