University of Denver head women’s tennis coach Christian Bass didn’t earn the reputation of being one of the best young coaches in the college game by putting her feet up during the summer months. As soon as the spring season and the school year she hits the road (or a transatlantic flight) looking for future Pioneers.
But she can likely rest a tad easier with her 2019-20 roster now set. This after the Ritchie Center announced the transfer of rising sophomore Taylor Melville from Furman University to the Pioneers.
According to a DU release Bass said: “She has experience on a top 50 NCAA tournament team this past season and will bring confidence and expertise along with her to Denver. I have been impressed with Taylor’s natural talent and ability since recruiting her as a junior player at USTA National Clay Courts. With some big goals of playing professional tennis after college, our staff can’t wait to work with Taylor and help her reach her full potential.”
Melville came into Furman a highly-touted Tennis Recruiting Network five-star recruit. She went 11-2 in singles in her debut season for the #55 Paladins, the Southern Conference champions the past three years.
She said she’s very excited to be coming to Denver and is looking forward to the strong competition Bass lines up for the team. Melville said she’ll study chemistry.
Athletic genes apparently run in her family as FurmanPaladins.com reports her mother ran track at Michigan State.
The other two new faces joining the team next season are first-years Britt Pursell (Oceanside, CA) and Alessia Truden (Italy).