Lady Sailfish Ink Early Signing in Jessica Wharton

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Getting a jumpstart on his 2010 recruiting, Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis coach Chi Ly announced this past week that Jessica Wharton has signed her national letter of intent to attend Palm Beach Atlantic and suit up for the Sailfish women’s tennis team. A native of Ohio, Wharton will come to PBA after a stellar career at Copley High School.

Hailing from the same area of the state as current PBA senior Natalie Aleman, coach Ly feels he has acquired a potential standout in Wharton for his women’s squad.

“It was a privilege for me to get to know Jessica and her family through the help of the Aleman family. It is an exciting time for the PBA women’s tennis program that Jessica has made her decision to commit to us for fall 2010,” said Ly. 

“I am not only  impressed with Jessica’s accomplishments as a tennis player, but her work ethic both on and off the court, her positive team attitude and her respect that she has for her teammates, her coaches and her parents. I know that Jessica will make a great immediate impact on our program both on and off the court next year as she will be asked to step in the leadership role that was carried last three years by Natalie Aleman,” continued Ly.

Ly concluded by saying, “As we would say, it takes another Ohio player to replace an Ohio player. We are very delighted that Jessica has decided to become a Sailfish and we look forward to her addition to the team in fall 2010.

Ranked in the top-500 of the USTA national rankings, Wharton has long been making strides in her game including competing with the USTA Midwest Zonals Team as well as a USTA Junior Davis Cup team member.

While at CHS, Wharton has competed at number one singles for the past four years as well as being named a team captain in 2009. During her high school years she has qualified for the Division 1 sectional and district while also competing in the state qualifier in doubles one year as well.

While not competing in the prep ranks she has also received superb coaching from Andy Roland of the Towpath Tennis Center which is owned by Dallas and Nancy Aleman.

Not only active on the tennis court, Wharton has also excelled in the classroom and with her extracurricular activities. She has been a four-year Student Council representative as well as serving two years as vice president of the Junior Statesman of America (Copley Chapter).

Outside of tennis and school she also is a member of Northside Christian Church and a Young Life bible study participant.

Scheduled to enroll at PBA next fall, Wharton plans to pursue a history and political science degree while competing for the Sailfish on the tennis court.

Jessica is the daughter of Jim and Julie Wharton and has one brother, Jordan.

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