May 16, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Lana Rush has signed her National Letter of Intent and will come to play for Florida State beginning in the Fall 2014 semester. The highly-touted junior player from London is the latest in a line of quality English players to become a Seminole, including Amy Sargeant and Daneika Borthwick.
"I am obviously excited to keep the Brits coming here. I have always been a fan of players from England throughout my coaching and playing career. Lana comes from a sport-related family as her dad played professional soccer for a number of years in England so she has that competitive mentality which I really look forward to working with.
"She is a very tall girl, probably around six feet tall, and a big ball striker. Good player, great hands and a big serve. She has so many things that we are excited to get our hands around and has a game that will continue to improve in college. Lana has a lot of international playing experience and has played at several of the major events. We are excited to get through this summer and get her here in the fall and get busy working with her."
Rush has won a total of eight national championships in both singles and doubles over her career, including titles in the u10, u12, 14, 16, and 18 year old age groups. She was the No. 1-ranked player in England from the age 10-16 and played at Wimbledon in both 2012 and 2013. At the age of 13, she was the youngest girl to be invited to train at the National Tennis Centre.
She has also competed internationally at the Junior Fed Cup, playing at the No. 1 position for Great Britain on the u14 team in 2011 and on the 16-year-old squad in 2013.
An all-around athlete, Rush has also participated in swimming and track and field for numerous years. In 2012, Rush placed first in her county in the 200m sprint. She also excels academically, consistently placing on the honor roll her entire high school career. She moved up a grade at age 10 due to academic maturity and as a result was able to graduate high school at age 17.