COLUMBUS, Ohio Kelsey Haviland, a five-star recruit, has signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend Ohio State. The announcement was made Tuesday by Ohio State women’s tennis head coach Chuck Merzbacher. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she will enroll at Ohio State and join the Buckeyes for the 2008-09 campaign.

“We are extremely proud to keep one of the top players in Ohio, the Midwest and nationally, in state and playing for the Buckeyes,” Merzbacher said. “Kelsey has had tremendous success at the junior level and she has all the qualities needed to play top collegiate tennis. Just as important as her talent as a tennis player, Kesley is a good student and very involved in her community.”

Haviland won the Ohio Division II state title as a freshman at Oakwood, and followed it up by leading her team to a state title as a sophomore. She did not compete during her junior season at Oakwood to train at the Nick Saviano High Performance Tennis Academy in Sunrise, Florida. After one season there, she returned to Oakwood and finished second in the Division II state championships as a senior. Additionally, Haviland has twice been nominated for the Rae Burick Women in Sports Award and is an honor student.

“I chose Ohio State because I knew I wanted to play for Coach Merzbacher and I really like the girls on the team,” Haviland said. “It is also a great school and close to home.  I want to help the team win multiple Big Ten championships and compete in the NCAAs. I looked at a lot of college tennis programs and I think that Ohio State is the best.  I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

Currently, Haviland is ranked as the 51st-best player in the nation according to She is also second in Ohio and is fifth in the Great Lakes Region.
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