Belmont teen inks with W. Michigan for tennis

Olivia Myers of Belmont, recently signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent awarding her a full scholarship to play tennis for Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Myers has been playing USTA tournamens since she was 9 years old. She has been ranked as high as 40 in the country when she was 14 years old and is currently ranked 117 in the country for the 2014 graduating class. She is a 4-star recruit on Tennis Recruiting and is currently the fifth ranked player in Ohio.

As a 14 year old, she was a semi-finalist in the Midwest Closed Tournament which includes opponens from a seven state region in the midwest.

She was also a Fourth Place finisher as a 14 year old in a National Open in doubles, and also made it to the round of 16 at a national championship as a 14 year old. She also appeared on the Prince Hot 100 List in February and May of 2010.

Myers continued to excell as a 16-year old, reaching the the round of 16 at a Regional Tournament in Grand Blanc, Michigan, a quarter finalist in the National Open in Erie, Pa.

She won the consolation finals in the Midwest Fall Closed in November 2012.

Myers won a National Open Doubles Championship in May, 2011, held in Norman, Ok., when she partnered with Keisha Clousing from Chicago. She was also a runner up in the Ohio Valley Distrct finals and a doubles champion in June2012.She reached the semi-finals in a National Open in Lakeville, Minn. in late November 2012. Myers also has competed in over two dozen Super National events, and played in two International Junior Orange Bowls, the most prestigious junior tournament in the country.

More recently, Myers finished fourth place in the Midwest Level 5 Tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind., and will continue to play in national tournaments until next fall when she enters the freshman class at Western Michigan University.

Myers is currently coached by professional Budi Susanto, at the Pennsylvania Tennis Academy in Wexford, Pa., where she has traveled 150 miles round trip for the past seven years.

She attends the K-12 Ohio Virtual Academy, Ohio’s online school, and was inducted into the National Honor Society in May 2012, and has maintained a 3.9 GPA.

Myyers has also trained at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy and the L’Academy De Tennis during her career, both of which are in southern Florida.

Western Michigan University plays in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), and is a perennial contender for the MAC championship.

The team is coached by Betsy Kuhle, who has been at the helm for over 35 years. Co-Coach, Ryan Tomlinson, known for havng an eye for exceptional talent, began recruiting Myers last year. Coach Kuhle was recently quoted as saying she “expects Myers to make an immediate, positive impact on the team,” and is looking forward to her going to the University.

Myers plans to major in biomedical sciences, and wishes to focus on exercise physiology and/or medical school.

Myers is the daughter of Thomas and Denise Myers of Belmont.