Nov. 8, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Emily Strande signed a National Letter of Intent with Boise State women's tennis on Wednesday, head coach Beck Roghaar announced. Strande hails from Centennial, Colo., and is currently ranked third in the Intermountain Region and in the top 100 in her recruiting class.
Strande, a senior from Boulder Universal, is a four-star recruit, ranking third in the Intermountain Region, second in the state of Colorado and in the top 100 in her recruiting class. Among her many tournament wins, Strande lists her best career result as winning the Oklahoma National L2 backdraw.
"Having Emily become a Bronco is a big win," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "Not only can she flat out play and fly around the court, but she shares the vision and hunger we have to work hard, improve and win championships. Her mentality and toughness sets her apart and has led her to be a top 100 prospect in the country, turning out big results on the court over the last two years. She's had wonderful coaching and knows how to compete! She loves to take on challenges and doesn't shy away from doing the things necessary to be special. Emily fits in so well with our program and will contribute and make a big impact right away. We couldn't be more excited about having her in the Blue and Orange."
Strande earned the USTA Colorado Margaret Rogers Phipps Sportsmanship Award in 2014 and also excels in the classroom, having maintained a GPA over 4.0 all four years of high school, earning the Boulder Universal High School Academic Achievement Award.
"In terms of her academics, she's an all-star as well," said Roghaar. "Carrying a 4.3 GPA while attaining such a high level of tennis is a testament to her efforts and we know she'll transition into balancing the life of a student athlete very well."
Get to Know Emily Strande -
On why Boise State:
"I instantly felt a connection with the coaches and knew I needed to visit. I had a great time meeting the girls on the team, touring the campus (especially the athletic facilities), and learning about the academic programs. Boise State is a gorgeous, exciting university filled with opportunity. The energy and enthusiasm I received from the coaches, staff and players are what I want to be a part of for four years!"
On being a part of a team:
"I am excited to have a support system of motivated teammates working towards the same goals as me. I think it will be a great, positive experience."
On what she will bring to the court:
"I will bring positive energy, a competitive spirit, and work ethic."
On Coach Roghaar:
"Beck is so passionate about tennis as well as his team. I know he will push me to reach my full potential both as a tennis player and a person."
On what Boise State fans can expect to see:
"My biggest strength is utilizing my speed in an all court game. I like to play an aggressive style."
"Tennis has always been a huge part of my life. I love facing new challenges every day and working towards a goal. Through tennis I have learned many life lessons, stayed active, and met lifelong friends."