Nov. 19, 2013
HOUSTON--- It appears the Cougars have done it again. After putting together the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation and the top among all mid-majors during last year's signing period, Houston has once again brought in a star-studded group of athletes during the early signing period.
Angela Lorenzo, Carolina Costamagna, and Mina Markovic have all signed national letters of intent to continue their amateur tennis career at the University of Houston, beginning the 2014-15 academic year.
"We are thrilled with these girls and think they are every bit as strong as last year's top-10 class," said head coach Patrick Sullivan. "Someone made a joke about my recruiting coordinator being Carmen Sandiego, but the truth is, we're fortunate that the University of Houston enjoys such a strong reputation worldwide. Our mission is to find the best combination of character and talent in the world to go along with kids who want to study at a Tier One research university in the greatest city in the country and play on a championship tennis team. We always hope to be able to find those student-athletes close to home, but this year we racked up a lot of airline miles. The good news is that without a doubt, this is going to be one of the strongest incoming classes in the country and we are well on our way to our goal of becoming a championship contender."
Houston will stay true to its current mold of bringing in international athletes, as not one member of the current squad is originally from the United States.
"Most of the credit here has to go to Coach Wooten, who does the most work and always takes the least credit,"
said Sullivan. "Stephanie really stepped up and proved herself to be one of the best recruiters in the country, doing the bulk of the research and communication with these girls, and the hundreds of others that we have evaluated over the past year. A special thanks also has to go to Tristan Hood, who is easily the best compliance officer I have ever worked with and guides us while navigating the often-complicated territory of international recruiting. It's a great time to be a Houston Cougar and things are headed in a very exciting direction for our program."
Angela Lorenzo - Valladolid, Spain
Lorenzo was ranked as high as No. 41 in the Spanish Women's Open rankings and is one of the top juniors in her country, having reached the junior national semifinals in the U-14 and U-16 divisions and most recently winning the U-18 National title. She has consistently been the top junior in her region of Castile and León, having won 14 regional championships there in her junior career.
Carolina Costamagna - Cordoba, Argentina
Costamagna is one of the top junior players in South America and has been ranked as high as No. 697 in the WTA professional rankings. She has been a finalist in International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tournaments in five different countries in both singles and doubles, most recently at the Copa Canteril in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, in which she was a doubles finalist and cruised through the singles final 6-2, 6-0.
Mina Markovic - Belgrade, Serbia
Markovic is one of the top junior players in the world, as she was ranked as high as 128th in the ITF rankings, the highest junior ranking ever for a University of Houston signee. She won her first ITF junior tournament at the age of 15 in her hometown of Belgrade, Serbia. In addition, she has 63 international junior combined wins (singles & doubles) in 16 different countries and was most recently the champion of the ITF Grade 4 Montenegro Open this past May.