COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Head coach Daria Panova announced Tuesday the addition of junior transfer Millie Stretton for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Stretton will come to Maryland after spending her first two collegiate seasons at Kansas State. She has two years of eligibility remaining and will be able to compete at the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
“We are very excited to add Millie to our team,” head coach Daria Panova said. “She will strengthen our lineup and she comes in with a lot of experience at the collegiate level. She is very passionate and will be another great addition to our team.”
An impact player throughout her collegiate career, Stretton was featured at the top of Kansas State’s rotation in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Her impressive freshman campaign featured a team-high 20 singles wins, which was good for most by a freshman in Kansas State history. After originally debuting at No. 6 in the Wildcats’ rotation, she eventually played her way into the No. 2 spot by the end of the season. A multifaceted player, Stretton also picked up 14 doubles victories during the season. Her success earned her a spot on the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.
In her sophomore season, Stretton continued her winning ways and earned 17 wins in both singles and doubles play. She will come to Maryland with 37 career singles wins, and 31 doubles victories.
Stretton has also excelled in the classroom in her collegiate career. She was a member of the Big-12 Academic All-Rookie Team and an ITA Scholar Athlete following her freshman season. She is also a four-time member of the Big-12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
The Edinburgh, U.K., native was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school. She ranked as high as the No. 2 overall player in Scotland, and was ranked No. 414 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Rankings. She also participated in the Winter Cup -- a European team championship -- as a member of team Great Britain.
Stretton will be one of three new faces for the Terps in the 2017-18 season, joining incoming freshmen Zoe Kulkarni and Eva Alexandrova who signed with Maryland in the spring. Maryland will be coming off its best spring season in program history when it hits the court this fall.