Women’s Tennis Adds Two in Early Signing Period
Jeff Wyshner
Dec. 8, 2015

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest women’s tennis head coach Jeff Wyshner has added two five-star recruits in the National Letter of Intent early signing period that will join the Demon Deacons prior to the 2016-17 season.

Alexis Franco and Chandler Carter come to Wake Forest from Largo, Florida, and Dallas, respectively. Franco, who goes by Lexi, has been ranked as high as No. 22 in her class by Tennis Recruiting Network and checks in at No. 8 in the state of Florida and No. 13 in the Southeast region. Carter has been ranked as high as No. 37 in her class by Tennis Recruiting Network while holding a top-five ranking for Girls 18’s in the state of Texas.

"We couldn't be more excited to have Chandler and Lexi joining the team next year,” Wyshner said. “Both ladies are wonderful people who have consistently demonstrated great commitment to their tennis, to their academics and to their families. They are exactly the type of person we want as Demon Deacons and that we know will thrive at Wake Forest."

Franco, coming to Winston-Salem from Largo High School, has won multiple district and regional championships in her career. As a sophomore, Franco won the district and regional singles titles while advancing to the finals of the Class 3A Individual Tournament. She also reached the state championship match in doubles while winning district and regional titles to cap her impressive sophomore campaign. Planning to major in Exercise and Health Sciences, Franco plans to attend medical school after completing her degree at Wake Forest.

Carter, currently a senior at Highland Park High School, has won team state championships in each of her first three years while claiming individual state titles in singles as a sophomore and in doubles as a freshman and junior. Away from Highland Park, Carter has won the Girls 16’s Texas Grand Slam sectional doubles title twice in 2013 and 2014 while earning the singles championship in 2014. She has also been named to the 2014 Texas Inter-Sectional Team and the 2015 Texas Fed Cup Team while previously being ranked No. 1 in the state for Girls 16’s. Carter comes from a line of athletes, as her father, Chip Carter, played golf at SMU from 1985-89 and played professionally on the Asian Tour in 1990. Additionally, her cousin, Riley Graham, is a sophomore on the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team.

 

 

"It is an exciting time for our program,” Wyshner said. “We are getting better because we have a group of extremely hard-working and highly motivated players, and Lexi and Chandler will undoubtedly add to that next year. We as a program can't wait to have their enthusiasm and talents at practice every day and competing for the Deacs in the near future."

Prior to Franco and Carter arriving in Winston-Salem, the Demon Deacons will open the 2016 spring campaign on January 18 with a doubleheader at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex against College of Charleston at 10 a.m. and Winthrop at 3 p.m. The two matches are the start of a run in which Wake Forest plays four of its first five matches of the season at home before a five-match road trip that concludes with the first ACC match of the season on Feb. 21 against Clemson.

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