PASADENA (Aug. 24, 2018) – The Caltech women's tennis team is bringing in three new recruits who could potentially help the Beavers get back inside the ITA Top-40 in 2019. Each of the three players could contribute right away, as Caltech is touting a top-15 recruiting class in the nation, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network.
|Michelle Hyun||Anna Tifrea||Jennifer Yu|
|Cerritos, Calif.||Fullerton, Calif.||Forest Hills, N.Y.|
Michelle Hyun (Cerritos, Calif./Whitney)
Anna Tifrea (Fullerton, Calif./Troy)
Jennifer Yu (Forest Hills, N.Y./Stuyvesant)
A three-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.com, Michelle Hyun will be able to immediately help the women's tennis team in the middle of the lineup. Hyun has topped out as the 207th-ranked high school player in the nation and owns a pair of wins against four-star players. She also won her high school league singles championship at Whitney back in 2017 and later advanced to the third round at CIF Individuals. Her high-level experience could make for a smooth transition into Caltech while giving Head Coach Mandy Gamble another great singles option.
Another three-star recruit, Anna Tifrea should also bring valuable experience to the women's team in both singles and doubles where she was a force for Troy High School in Fullerton over the prior four years. Tifrea helped Troy into the Orange County Register's top-10 preseason rankings back in 2016-17 while also being named as a player to watch, and like Hyun has shown an ability to defeat competition ranked higher than her. The newcomer even had a run-in with rising junior Angelica Zhou in the CIF Southern Section Doubles Championship Round of 16 back in 2015, so the familiarity could help Tifrea ease her transition.
Forest Hills, N.Y.
A borderline Top-300 player coming into Caltech, Jennifer Yu left her mark on the New York City tennis circuit as a key player for all four years at Stuyvesant. Multi-talented, Yu wrote an op-ed for the Courier when she was 12 years old and appropriately ranked 12th in the USTA's Eastern Section. Yu has spent time training at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park so she will bring with her some pedigree in addition to experience and could see a quick adjustment moving from New York to play in the pristine Southern California climate.
"Anna, Michelle and Jennifer's addition to the team make this recruiting class the strongest in the program's history," Head Coach Mandy Gamble said. "I am honored to yield such a talented group of young women. It will be a wonderful season and I'm looking forward to developing this talented incoming group."