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Four Future Mustangs Set to Join Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Team

Four Future Mustangs Set to Join Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Team

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Second-year head coach Damon Coupe fortified the Cal Poly women's tennis team's roster with the Tuesday announcement from the Cal Poly Athletics Department that Emily Gibbens (Surrey, England), Chanel Scudiero (Pullman, Wash.) and Sayaka Tsugai (Coronado, Calif.) have each signed National Letters of Intent with the anticipation of joining the program for the 2013-14 season. Additionally, All-Big Sky Conference selection Hannah Stone (right; Costa Mesa, Calif.) will join the program as a transfer from Northern Arizona.

Having risen as high as No. 751 in the International Tennis Federation rankings, the righthanded Gibbens has been rated among the top three junior players in Great Britain at U-16 and U-18 levels. Overall, Gibbens has also been ranked among the top 50 female players in Great Britain.

"Emily is a player with tremendous upside and has all of the tools to become an excellent collegiate player," Coupe said. "She has a big game and is very raw. Being exposed to high-level training every day will allow her to grow and continue her rapid improvement."

Ranked as a three-star prospect by TennisRecruiting.net, Scudiero has been rated as high as No. 12 in the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest Section rankings. Scudiero has also reached No. 5 among U-18 singles players in Washington state.

"Chanel is a very hard worker with a passion for the sport," Coupe said. "Chanel has a lot of talent that hasn't yet been uncovered. We believe that when she gets to Cal Poly and begins training full time, her playing level will rise extremely fast."

Stone earned her second All-Big Sky first team selection this past spring after compiling a 12-11 singles record in dual matches and a 7-2 mark against conference opponents while playing primarily at the No. 1 position for Northern Arizona. Stone also posted a 15-8 doubles record in spring matches.

"We're very excited to have Hannah joining us this fall," said Coupe of Stone, who recorded a combined 29-14 doubles record in two seasons at Northern Arizona. "She'll bring tremendous experience and work ethic to our program and help solidify our lineup immediately."

As a captain of her Kyoto Nishi Gai Dai HS team in Japan, Tsugai helped the program to a pair of league titles and two top-15 national finishes at the All-Japan Championships. After transferring to Coronado HS for her senior season, Tsugai was named to the All-California Interscholastic Federation Division III first team in singles after assisting the program to a runner-up showing at the San Diego Section Championships.

"Sayaka brings plenty of international experience to Cal Poly," Coupe said. "She has very good technique with her groundstrokes, is quick and continually looks to improve her game."

Rounding out Cal Poly's incoming freshman class is Zoe Oedekerk (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), who signed a National Letter of Intent in November 2012. Oedekerk has been rated as high as No. 79 in the class of 2013 by TennisRecruiting.net.

Expected to return seven letterwinners for the 2013 fall campaign, Cal Poly will also enjoy the activation of sophomore Mika Padmanabhan (Saratoga, Calif.), who redshirted the spring season after transferring from Emory University.