May 3, 2007

NC Native Signs NLI to Play Tennis

Lees-McRae College men's tennis Coach Paul Goode is proud to announce that Michael Ridenhour has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bobcats. Ridenhour is Goode's first signing of the spring, and will enroll at Lees-McRae in the fall of 2007. (See picture top left, Ridenhour is accompanied by his parents and coach).

Ridenhour picked up a tennis racquet at the age of 12 under the tutelage of George "Tuffy" Clark. The Mooresville, NC native credits Clark with teaching him the game and turning him on to the competitive aspect of the sport. Currently Ridenhour owns a 20-18 record and is ranked 75th in the State. A three time All Conference performer and three time Mooresville Athlete of the Week, Ridenhour's career record stands at 92-26. As a junior, Ridenhour finished as a quarterfinalist in the North Carolina State Championships.

"Michael is a solid player and a great athlete," commented Coach Goode. "With his athletic ability and work ethic I expect him to become an outstanding collegiate player. I am excited to work with him over the next four years."

Michael is one of two sons, with his older brother Jason a rising junior at UNC-Asheville and a member of the basketball team. Aside from his tennis skills, Michael also played basketball in high school, earning a starting spot on the varsity team his junior year. He is also very active with his church youth group and enjoys outdoor activities like such as camping and hiking.