Wishing Inks Letter-of-Intent with Blue Raider Tennis

Siegel senior first Murfreesboro signee since Trevor Short

November 11, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head coach Dale Short announced the signing of Murfreesboro native Kyle Wishing to a national letter-of-intent this week, the second Blue Raider signing during the fall period.

Wishing won the Class AAA state singles title for Siegel High School as a sophomore, the first state championship of any kind in school history, and helped lead the Stars to a Class AAA team title last year.

"I've known Kyle since he was 10 years old," said Short. "It's been great to see him develop over the years. He's a big kid with a lot of upside."

"I've always wanted to play tennis (at Middle Tennessee)," Wishing said. "I grew up watching them play. I know coach Short and he's as good as there is.

"It's a good Division I program and I've always thought if I was good enough to play there, I'd go there."

Short believes Wishing can play, too. He also sees the future bright for the city's only player to win both individual and team Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state championships.

"It's not very often we get a strong local talent like Kyle," said Short. "And I don't think he's come close to filling his potential."

Wishing is the second tennis signee during the NCAA early signing period. South African Richard Cowden, who will join the team for the spring season in January, signed Wednesday.

Short is in his 20th season at Middle Tennessee and has guided the program to 11 conference championships and eight NCAA Team Championship appearances during his tenure at his alma mater.

The Blue Raiders have advanced to the NCAA Team Championships in eight of the last 12 seasons and made it to the second round for the second time in school history in 2002.

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