Women's Tennis Recruiting Class Ranked 11th Nationally
Jan. 28, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest women's tennis program has put together the No. 11 recruiting class for 2013 as announced by the Tennis Recruiting Network on Monday morning.
The ranking is Wake's best since the TRN began releasing its yearly top 25 classes in 2004 and is just the second time that the Demon Deacons have been placed in the top 15. The Deacs also earned that distinction in 2007, ranking 14th in the nation after landing blue-chip Katarina Reveche and five-star Emilee Malvehy.
Joining the program in the fall will be Samantha Asch, Kimmy Guerin, and Luisa Fernandez. All three are five-star recruits currently ranked in TRN's top 100 players for 2013.
Asch, hailing from Princeton, N.J., is currently ranked 99th in the nation and is the No. 4 player in the state of New Jersey. Asch's biggest victory to date came as she downed Kourtney Keegan, the No. 9 player in the nation who is a blue-chip commitment for the University of Florida, at the USTA G18 National Team Championships last summer.
Guerin, who will be joining the Deacs from Weston, Conn., is currently the highest-ranked of the trio, coming in at No. 36. She is also the top player in Connecticut and the No. 2 player in the New England region. Guerin holds a superb 27-12 record against competitors who were given four or more stars on the recruiting trail, and has picked up wins against five top-20 players since last March.
Wake Forest once again reached into the Northeast to find Fernandez, the Pittsford, N.Y., native currently ranked No. 53. Like Guerin, she has put together a strong 37-25 record against four-star and higher recruits, with six of those wins coming against top-20 competition. Fernandez stunned Ndindi Ndunda, the No. 7 player in the Class of 2016, at the USTA G16 National Clay Court Championships last July.
Head Coach Jeff Wyshner came away very pleased with his efforts on the recruiting trail. "We really believe this class that will begin playing for us next fall will be one of the most significant in team history because of the combination of talent and depth in it," he said, praising the skill set that the trio will bring with them.
"Once we saw Sam, Luisa and Kimmy play, we were excited that they wanted to take a closer look at Wake, but it was when they visited campus and spent time with the coaching staff and the team that we knew they would be a perfect fit with the squad and with Wake Forest. They each demonstrate the ideals of academic commitment, athletic excellence and class that Wake Forest has long stood for and that we hope the tennis program will similarly be known to embody," Wyshner added.
When asked about their ability to make the jump from the high school to the collegiate level, Wyshner was confident in their chances. "I really believe that these players share my passion for the sport of tennis, for reaching their full potential and for competition. Consequently, I believe they will only get better in the months and years to come."
With this trio joining the strong, young freshmen that the team already possesses in Kasey Gardiner, Xue Zhang and Andrea Retolaza, the future in 2013 and beyond appears very bright for Wake Forest women's tennis.