LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State women’s tennis coach Jenny Hilt-Costello has announced the signing of four incoming freshmen for LBSU’s 2017 signing class. The Beach will be adding more international talent in the coming season, pulling in its four recruits from all over the world. The signing class of Carlota Casasampere (Spain), Lalita Devarakonda (India), Georgia Gulin (Brazil) and Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (Iran) will arrive on campus this fall, as Long Beach State looks to replace the winningest senior class in program history.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Carlota, Lalita, Georgia and Sadaf to our Beach Tennis family,” Hilt-Costello said of the incoming signing class. “They are a very talented group and will bring some new energy and excitement to our program. There are some big shoes to fill, but I know they are more than capable.”
Casasampere currently plays for Club Tennis Sabadell, one of the eight teams in Spain’s first senior division, giving her valuable playing experience to bring to the Beach. At age 15, she reached the Top 200 in Spain’s women’s rankings, but was forced to stop competing with knee trouble. Since returning to the court, she has picked up several wins over Top 100 competition, and she has about 40 local tournament wins in her playing career.
Devarakonda brings a great track record of success in India, where she was the 2013 Player of the Year at the All India CBSE Nationals. In 2016, she made a pair of semifinal appearances at the U18 Nationals, competing on clay and hard court. She reached the Top 10 in the All India Under-18 rankings, earning a personal best No. 9 ranking. Her best All India Women’s ranking was No. 33 and her highest International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior ranking was No. 420.
Gulin boasts a career-best ITF ranking of 318, and reached as high as the No. 2 ranking in Brazil’s U16 category. She won the Brazilian Federation Cup while competing on a team for her state, and back in 2014 received a certificate from the Minister of Sports for her athletic accomplishments. Over the last few years, Gulin has been frequently competing in ITF tournaments, reaching the finals in 12 doubles events.
Finally, Sadeghvaziri comes to Long Beach State as the top player from Iran. She is currently ranked the No. 1 junior and No. 1 women’s player in the country, and has a career-best ITF ranking of 314. In February, Sadeghvaziri won the singles draw of the 2nd Fajr Junior Tournament and was a doubles finalist at the event as well. Later this month, she will be competing at the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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