A pair of area tennis standouts will find themselves as teammates starting next season in an attempt to add to an already strong program.

A pair of area tennis standouts will find themselves as teammates starting next season in an attempt to add to an already strong program.


Both Denison’s Kaylee Hamilton and Whitewright’s Sydney Brummett signed letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their careers at Seminole State, which is consistently in the top 10 of the junior college rankings.


"I took it as a compliment that they would want me," Hamilton said. "I want to work really hard for them, prove them right."


Hamilton picked Seminole State over Collin County and Oklahoma Baptist.


"I really liked it. They seemed really supportive, really encouraging about me coming to the school," Hamilton said. "When I visited other schools I didn’t really feel the fit but when I walked around Seminole I could see myself as a student there."


She is not playing for the Yellow Jackets during her senior year. Last spring she finished third at the District 13-4A tournament.


"It was a really tough decision. It was a great three years," Hamilton said. "I wanted to concentrate on my grades and UTSA tennis. You get to pick and choose what tournaments you play in, tailor it to what my schedule is at that time."


Seminole State will offer both players the opportunity to compete right away despite its recent success.


"I’m hoping to get to play singles and doubles. That’s coach’s decision but I’m going to work as hard as I can," Hamilton said. "I’m proud of my consistency. There’s still a lot of things I have to work on and I will."


Brummett selected the Belles over interest from Seward County in Kansas after deciding that tennis was the avenue she wanted to pursue.


"When we went to state, it was the day after we lost and I got a Facebook message saying ‘we’re interested’ from them," Brummett said. "They offered at the beginning of school and I wanted it taken care of."


Brummett is a five-sport athlete at Whitewright with success in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. But her greatest accomplishments have come on the tennis court.


"Basketball and tennis I love. As a junior I didn’t know which one," Brummett said. "This one came and I looked at the school and loved it. It had a good feel to it."


Last spring she qualified for the state tournament in doubles alongside Cassie Neel and the duo went 28-2 and earned a bronze medal with a state semifinal appearance. They won both the district and region titles along the way.


She will attempt to return to state this spring but as a singles player.


"I haven’t played singles since middle school. It will be cool figuring it out again," Brummett said. "My potential, I don’t know how good I’ll get focusing on one sport. It will be very different."


The duo join Lovejoy’s Autumn Keefer as part of this North Texas recruiting class. On the men’s side, Callisburg’s Stephen Baker is already on the roster.


Seminole State enters the spring season next month ranked eighth in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.


The program qualified for the NJCAA national tournament in the fall and last spring finished 11th in the country out of 24 teams at the national tournament. In the 2012 spring season, Seminole State was ninth at the national tournament.


Since 2008 the Belles have been in the top 10 each season, finished in the top 20 every year and produced six All-Americans.


"I saw a great opportunity to work with some great girls," Hamilton said. "I saw it as a great challenge to keep that great record, if not make it better."