Drayah Johnston, Logan Elm, signing with OCU Tennis

OCU Launches Tennis Program, Signs Two Local Standouts Same Day

The Ohio Christian University Athletic Department is excited to announce the addition of Men's and Women's Tennis for the 2016–2017 school year, as well as the signings of two highly sought after local athletes, Emily Miller, Circleville; and Drayah Johnston, Logan Elm.

Profound growth at the university and of the athletic department overall has enabled OCU to add tennis to the athletic’ roster, making it the 17th sport offering at the university. Ohio Christian University Tennis will be competing against five men's and six women's tennis programs within the KIAC River States Conference.

Coaching OCU Tennis is Brent Martin, an NCCAA All-American, former Cedarville Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach, and a graduate of Cedarville University (B.A.) and Xavier University (M.A.). Martin will also serve as a professor in the Sports Management program.

"Brent will be a great addition to our athletic department staff. He brings energy and knowledge to beginning and building this new program at OCU," said Athletic Director Ben Belleman, "We anticipate the abilities he brings to the program and the University."

Emily Miller and Drayah Johnston have been competing on the tennis court for years for rival schools at Circleville High Schools and Logan Elm. On the same day, both would make their college choice, placing them as new teammates on Ohio Christian University’s Women’s Tennis team.

During the Fall 2015 season, Johnston served as the tennis team captain for Logan Elm High School. Johnston finished the regular seasons 21-1, leading Logan Elm to their sixth Mid State League title, while also receiving Mid State League first team in 2015. Athletically, academically, and community focused, Johnston has spent the last three summers counseling younger athletes on tennis fundamentals.

Emily Miller is a Circleville High School standout; Miller competed for all four years of high school, including playing varsity two years and leading her senior year as captain, while earning Second Team MSL honors.

"I’m very pleased with the addition of Drayah and Emily," said new Head Coach Brent Martin, "It is very exciting to have our first two players be of such a high caliber sign the same day. I am expecting both of them to contribute immediately to the success of OCU Tennis. They’re two great athletes that will start this program in the right direction."

Follow the progress of the new OCU Tennis program, as well as all other sports on www.ocutrailblazers.com and on Twitter and Instagram @ocutrailblazers.



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