App State Tennis will welcome Maggie Pate as a new student-athlete for the 2022-23 season, head coach, Ashleigh Antal announced Wednesday.
Pate is a transfer student from Furman, where she has competed for the last three years.
“We’re excited to welcome Maggie to our App tennis family,” Antal said. “She is a fantastic student with an unrivaled work ethic, and will undoubtedly impact our lineup immediately. She is already a highly accomplished collegiate athlete, so we’re thrilled to have her continuing her athletic career here at App!”
At Furman, Pate excelled on the court and in the classroom. In her three years, the former Paladin finished with an overall singles record of 29-12 and went 17-11 in doubles action.
Pate helped the Paladins win three straight Southern Conference championships, and was awarded the SoCon Pinnacle Award the last two seasons, which is given to the athlete with the highest GPA on the championship-winning team.
During her sophomore year, Pate tallied two ranked wins, defeating South Carolina and UCF, who were both ranked No. 18 at the time played. Furman was nationally ranked as high as No. 19 during Pate’s three-year stint, the highest rank in the school’s history.
Pate has been named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three times, the ITA All-Academic Team twice, and was also selected to the SoCon Academic All-Conference Team in 2021.
In high school, Pate finished undefeated in regular season play all four years, was a four-time district singles champion and a two-time district doubles champion at Durant Senior High School in Plant City, FL, where she graduated in 2019.
This is the squad’s fourth addition to the 2022 roster that also includes Riley Collins, Savannah Dada-Mascoll and Brooke Demerath.