Charlotte women's tennis coach Michaela Gorman announces three signees to join the 49ers next fall, a class that earned the team a ranking of 21 in the mid-major category at Tennis Recruiting.net, one of the sport's more respected Web sites.
The 49ers will welcome Lisa Grosselius, Dominica Nemec and Natsuka Takayangi to the roster for next season.
Grosselius is currently ranked 59th in the Swedish Women's Rankings, (current Charlotte 49er Alexandra Zinn was ranked 58th two seasons ago when she came to play for the 49ers.) The native of the city of Gothenburg has been ranked in the Top 20 in her age group during her time playing in Sweden.
"Lisa has had great results in Sweden in the junior and women's open divisions," said Gorman. "We look forward to her joining us in August and her continuing her success on the court and in the classroom."
Nemec is joining the team from the University of Buffalo. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada native is a lefty and was a doubles champion at the Western Canada Summer Games. She has played in many ITF junior tournament events.
"Dominica is coming to us after one year at the University of Buffalo and she is hungry to make an impact as a Charlotte 49er," added Gorman. "She had great success as a junior player growing up in Canada and is ready to make her mark in college tennis."
Takayanagi is listed as a four-star recruit at Tennis Recruiting.net, ranked No. 6 in the state of North Carolina. The Greensboro native has been ranked as high as 136th in the U.S., with an overall record of 33-9, which includes winning records against three-star (19-2), four-star (5-3) and four-star (2-1) recruits.
"Natsuko is one of the top ranked junior players in North Carolina and we are excited to be able to keep her in the area," said Gorman. "She has had a lot of success playing in tournaments since arriving in the United States from Japan and we look forward to her continuing to improve as she enters college."
The recruiting mark does not include transfers, but this new talent, coupled with the fact the team graduated one player from last year's squad makes for an exciting mix to take the new courts next spring.
"We are honored to be ranked 21st by tennisrecruiting.net," said Gorman. "We are very proud of the group that we are bringing in and look forward to adding them to our team of seven returners."
Charlotte finished with a sixth-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships, and recorded 11 wins in 2011, five more than in the previous season.