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Maeve Thornton Joins Lady Vols Tennis Team


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore transfer Maeve Thornton has joined the Tennessee women’s tennis team, as announced by head coach Alison Ojeda on Thursday.

Thornton, a Knoxville native and graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School, will become part of the Lady Vols in the 2024-25 season, with three years of collegiate eligibility left.


After spending a year at Furman, Thornton joins the Lady Vols with a 9-11 singles dual-match record and experience as the No. 2 player in Furman’s lineup in 2024. In doubles, she secured 11 victories with various partners, including an undefeated 9-0 record with Grace Thomas, primarily at the No. 3 spot.

Before college, Thornton was highly regarded as a blue-chip recruit by, ranked as high as No. 22 nationally, and was the top player in Tennessee. She led Knoxville Catholic to two state championships and won two individual singles state titles. Named Tennessee Player of the Year in 2019, Thornton also excelled in Southern singles championships across multiple age groups and won the doubles championship for 18s. Additionally, she earned a gold ball at indoor nationals for doubles at 14.

Thornton is the sixth recruit announced for Tennessee’s 2024 class, joining Vanesa Suarez, Natalia Perez, Conley Raidt, Brooklyn Schafer, and Saray Yli-Piipari.

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