No. 23 Women's Tennis Signs Darby Brandon to NLI

FLUSHING, N.Y. – Long-time Queens College women’s tennis coach, Alan Nagel announced that Darby Brandon (Little Rock, Ark./Central H.S.), who was ranked as high as No. 251 nationally in 2011, signed a National Letter of Intent in the recent early-signing period to play for the nationally ranked Knights in the 2012-13 academic year.

“Darby possesses great forehand and backhand shots, and hits with terrific pace on both sides,” said Nagel, whose team is ranked No. 23 nationally in the opening Campbell’s/Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division II poll. “She is going to be a great doubles asset for us immediately.”

Brandon, who chose Queens over a handful of Division I institutions, is the No. 2-ranked player in the state of Arkansas, and holds the No. 38 position in the Gulf States tally. She advanced to the Arkansas high school championship semifinals as a freshman and a senior, placing third in the former campaign. As a junior, Brandon, who plays the drums in a local rock band named “Solstice,” won the Arkansas high school doubles title. As a 12-year-old, she was ranked as high as No. 11 in the South region.

The daughter of Philip and Diana (an accomplished, professional organist), Darby Brandon is seeking to major in communications at Queens. She has a younger brother, Trent, who is a high school sophomore and ranked in the top-16 in the state.