SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's tennis team and the athletic department announced that two players have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their tennis and academic careers at Cal Poly.
The two players in the class, Delanie Dunkle and Melissa LaMette, are both high school seniors and hail from Arroyo Grande, Calif and Cypress, TX and will enroll in the fall of 2019.
"We're very excited for Delanie and Melissa to join our Mustang family," head coach Kat Winterhalter said of the two. "Both Delanie and Melissa are excellent students and with their equally strong work ethics and team values, we think they are both going to fit in very well with the culture of our program."
The class, listed alphabetically:
Delanie Dunkle, Arroyo Grande, Calif. (Arroyo Grande HS)
A local product, Dunkle has been a League MVP and County MVP while at Arroyo Grande High School. She was undefeated in singles all four of her varsity seasons in league. She was also a CIF Central Section singles champion in 2018. She's ranked as a four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net. She comes from a tennis family as her father, Bill, played at UCSB and for a short while in the professional ranks. Her aunt, Shannon Neilson, played tennis at Cal Poly and her other aunt, Mallory Armijo played tennis at Cal Poly Pomona. Dunkle says she chose Cal Poly because of its "amazing academics, area, coach, teammates and everything about it!"
An avid golfer as well, Delanie was a first-team All-League golfer for Arroyo Grande High School all three years she played and first-team All-CIF in 2018 and second-team in 2016. She has also maintained a 4.0 GPA through her high school academic career.
Coach Winterhalter on Dunkle: "I think the entire community is thrilled to see Delanie playing for Cal Poly. She is a tough competitor with a strong work ethic and we look forward to helping her develop during her time here."
Melissa LaMette, Cypress, TX (Cypress Ranch HS)
A four-year varsity player at Cypress Ranch High School, LaMette is ranked as a four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net. She has consistently been ranked in the top 10 on the Texas Super Champs Standing List and reached the top spot earlier this year. She was the 2018 VYPE Women's Tennis Player of the Year, 2018 6A State Singles finalist and 2017 6A State Mixed Doubles Champion. She also earned All-District Academic recognition all four years. Says she chose Cal Poly because of the "great academics, tennis program, nice people and the location."
Coach Winterhalter on LaMette: "Melissa is a solid and smart player. When watching her at Nationals this summer we really liked her all-court game and competitiveness. She has a lot of upside and we can't wait to start working with her."