Prep Girls Tennis: Rancho Bernardo High’s McCord picks Texas A&M
By Michael Bower
Jana McCord took the CIF San Diego Section girls tennis world by storm last season, blowing through opponents on her way to the singles title. Next year the Rancho Bernardo High senior will be shooting for bigger things in the state of Texas.
McCord, 17, verbally committed to play for the fast-rising program at Texas A&M on Monday. She narrowed her choices down to Notre Dame and the Aggies before deciding to go with the Texas heat.
“I don’t really know what it is about Texas, but I love it,” said McCord, who recently earned a blue chip ranking – the highest ranking – by tennisrecruiting.com. “I think I was born a cowgirl actually, so I love that whole aspect of it. It is really cold at Notre Dame and hot in Texas. I think I am pretty good with the heat.”
The Aggies finished last season ranked No. 17 in the country under the direction of then first-year coach Howard Joffe. The expectations are even higher for Texas A&M this year and into the future.
“He is an incredible coach,” McCord said. “He has a really strong team this year so I think they have a shot for the national title or at least top 10. It is definitely going to go up from here.”
McCord, who is ranked No. 5 in California and No. 24 in the nation for girls graduating in 2013, played for Rancho Bernardo for just the one year as a junior. She went through the whole season without dropping a match. This year she decided not to play with the Broncos so she can focus on USTA tournaments.
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