Women's Tennis Signs Top-Tier Recruiting Class
Nov. 20, 2012
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Women's tennis coach Jeff Wyshner today announced that five-star recruits Samantha Asch, Luisa Fernandez and Kimmy Guerin have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Wake Forest next August.
The trio of highly rated players give Wyshner one of the best recruiting classes in school history. Wake Forest is one of only three schools nationwide to sign three players ranked in the top-60 nationally, and it is the first time in the past decade that the Demon Deacons have brought in three five-star players in a single class.
"The Class of 2013 was the first class I had the opportunity to evaluate and recruit through the entire recruiting process, and Samantha, Luisa and Kimmy are exactly the kind of wonderful people and impact players that I want to bring to Wake Forest," said Wyshner. "All three players are passionate people who excel in the classroom and on the tennis court, and given their passion, athleticism and tennis strengths, all three have games that can continue to blossom over the next four years. With three top-notch newcomers, I think you would have to go back to the late 1990's to find a Wake Forest recruiting class that will have a bigger impact over four years than I believe this one will."
Asch, who played at Princeton Day School in Princeton, N.J., has been ranked as high as No. 14 in the Tennis Recruiting Network's national rankings. She has been the top-ranked player in the USTA Middle States Section's 18-and-under rankings since the age of 14. Asch has lost only two matches in four years of high school tennis and won four Mercer County singles championships.
"Over the past year, Samantha developed her game to the point where she had earned Blue Chip status last March and was beating top 10 players this past August," said Wyshner. "She is a tremendously passionate person who excels both on the court and in the classroom so she will be a perfect fit at Wake. She is a talented all-court player who can transition from offense to defense or vice versa in a second, and she plays a brand of doubles that I know will translate to college tennis really well."
Fernandez is reached a peak USTA ranking of No. 37 nationally in the 16-and-under age division and is ranked in the top 60 nationally in the Tennis Recruiting Network's rankings, in addition to being rated as the fourth-best recruit from the state of New York. She posted a 56-5 high school singles record while playing for Pittsford Sutherland High School in Pittsford, N.Y. and made the All-Greater Rochester team in 2009 and 2010.
"I expect Luisa to be one of the greatest collegiate surprises across the country from next year's freshmen class," said Wyshner. "Most coaches didn't know that Luisa was graduating a year early from high school to avoid having to transfer high schools for her senior year so she was very much under the radar through the summer national events. She exudes enthusiasm on the court, and she is one of the quickest players I will have ever coached. She is a year younger, so she is probably going to see more improvement over the next few years than most, and given that she is already playing at such an elite level, I am very excited to see where that brings her."
A native of Weston, Conn., Guerin is ranked as the second-best recruit in the New England region and among the top 50 in the country by the Tennis Recruiting Network. She holds a perfect 77-0 record in high school matches while playing for Weston High School and was a three-time All-State selection. Guerin won three National Open championships last year in the 16-and-under division.
"After watching Kimmy at the summer national events in 2011 and 2012, I thought she was one of the most improved players in the country over that time," said Wyshner. "She has been well coached to develop her game to be able to play the collegiate game. She also blew the entire team away with her enthusiasm when she visited, so I know she will really be a great contributor to the team culture that is so important."
Samantha Asch - 5-8 - Princeton, N.J. - Princeton Day School
Luisa Fernandez - 5-7 - Pittsford, N.Y. - Pittsford Sutherland HS
Kimmy Guerin - 5-8 - Weston, Conn. - Weston HS