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BOULDER - University of Colorado women's tennis head coach Nicole Kenneally has signed Newport Beach, Calif. native Madison Watrous to a National Letter of Intent to continue her education at CU in 2012-13, announced Saturday.

"We are really excited to have Mazy join our Colorado Buffalo Family," Kenneally said. "Since having the opportunity to meet her in July, and spend more time with her and her family, Mazy is a great fit for our program in regards to her as a person, tennis player and a student."

Watrous played No. 1 singles at El Toro High School helping the Chargers tennis team to their first-ever league championship in girls tennis. She achieved a 29-1 league record, in addition to becoming a league champion.

"Mazy is a very ambitious young woman, very committed to her academics, and is looking forward to making the best out of her opportunity of being a Colorado Buffalo," Kenneally said. "She understands the benefits and privilege of being a Division I athlete. It already feels like she is a member of the team this year because she really fits in with the culture of our young team and where we are headed with the program."

Watrous is the first CU tennis scholarship student-athlete hailing from southern California since former standout Kendra Strandemo (San Diego/La Costa Canyon High School) played from 2002-05. Strandemo was an All-Big 12 singles and doubles selection.

"Southern California is one of the top sections for junior tennis in the United States as the depth is exceptional, so we know that Mazy is coming to Colorado with great tennis experiences and training behind her," Kenneally added.

Watrous will join a CU team next season comprised of juniors and sophomores.