Women's Tennis Signs Top-Tier Recruiting Class
Head coach Jeff Wyshner signed three five-star recruits for August
Head coach Jeff Wyshner signed three five-star recruits for August

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

Background:
A five-star recruit by the Tennis Recruiting Network ... Ranked as the fourth-best recruit from the state of New Jersey and among the top 50 nationally ...Has held the No. 1 ranking in the USTA Middle States section 18-and-under rankings since the age of 14 ... Played four years at No. 1 singles for Princeton Day School, which was coached by her father Will Asch, winning all but two matches and earning first place in seven of eight tournaments that she competed in ... Won four Mercer County singles championships, one national tournament and many championships in the Middle States section

Personal:
Born May 27, 1995 in Morristown, N.J. ... Daughter of William Asch and Gina DelGiudice

Luisa Fernandez - 5-7 - Pittsford, N.Y. - Pittsford Sutherland HS

Background:
A five-star recruit by the Tennis Recruiting Network ... Ranked as the fourth-best recruit from the state of New York and in the top 60 nationally ... Reached as high as No. 37 in the USTA 16-and-Under National Rankings ... Posted a 56-5 high school singles record while playing for Pittsford Sutherland HS, making the All-Greater Rochester team in 2009 and 2010 ... Won the Section V Class A Singles championship in 2009 and 2010 ... Won the doubles title at the 18-and-under National Regional Tournament in West Hartford, Conn. in September, 2012 and also reached the singles final ... Won the USTA Eastern Section Sportsmanship Award in 2012 and received the USTA Pancho Gonzalez Scholar-Athlete Grant award in 2011

Personal:
Born October 5, 1995 in Guadalajara, Mexico ... Daughter of Genaro and Nancy Fernandez

Kimmy Guerin - 5-8 - Weston, Conn. - Weston HS

Background:
A five-star recruit by the Tennis Recruiting Network ... Ranked as the second-best recruit in the New England region and among the top 50 nationally ... Holds a perfect 77-0 record in high school matches ... Three-time state open champion, All-Area MVP, and All-State selection ... Named the NWC Conference Player of the Year three times and was also a three-time conference academic team honoree ... Won two USTA 16-and-under National Open championships in 2011 and also won the 18-and-under Level Three regional championship

Personal:
Born Sept. 1, 1995 in Norwalk, Conn. ... Daughter of Patrick and Julie Guerin

 

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