SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic State University head women's tennis coach Simon Earnshaw announced the addition of Spaniard Carolina Prats-Millan to the two-time NCAA Division II national champion Pirates in the Fall.
Prats-Millan comes to Armstrong with a wealth of experience both internationally and in her home country of Spain. The Palma de Mallorca native has held career high WTA rankings of 644 in singles and 591 in doubles. Her current Spanish women's ranking is #24 and she achieved a high rank of #4 in juniors in Spain. In ITF junior competition, Carolina won the Sanchez-Casel Junior Cup, the VIII Sanxanxo Junior Tournament and the Abama Junior Cup. In WTA events, she reached the singles semi-finals at the ITF $10K in Melilla, Spain in 2011, won the Doubles at the ITF $10K in Jadida, Morocco also in 2011 and has reached the semi-finals or better in doubles in a further 15 WTA Futures events.
"Armstrong has a complete program in tennis, conditioning and competition. It is the best one for my aspirations, not just athletically but also academically," said Prats-Millan. "When I got the opportunity to come to Armstrong, I had no doubt in my decision. The school is a Champion, and I will do everything I can to help the team continue to achieve success. It has always been my dream to come to the US, and this is the best university I could have. It's a dream come true."
"I couldn't be more happy with the way our recruiting effort this year has worked out," said Coach Earnshaw. "I feel very confident that Carolina and Dora (Andrejszki) will have an immediate impact on our team. Carolina has a great background, personality and work ethic. At home in Mallorca, she has tremendous family support and we hope to be able to support her likewise here in Savannah. She is really looking to take her game to the next level and will be an exciting player for this program moving forward. We have had great success recently with Spanish players on the men's team and this past 2 years with Clara (Perez) on the women's team. Therefore, when a player of Carolina's caliber shows interest in the program, it shows we are doing things the right way, that our players are developing and that we are giving the players the promised experience from the outset."
Carolina Prats-Millan will come to Armstrong as a freshman transfer and be ready to compete in the Fall. The Lady Pirates return the top 5 players from the team that won back-to-back NCAA Division II titles in 2013, the 8th NCAA Championship in the program's history.