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Angelo Roncalli
02-03-2015, 04:38 PM
The GU Women's Tennis team is receiving national recognition for its incoming recruiting class. I believe this is largely because of the appeal of the Stevenson Center, one of the top indoor tennis facilities in college sports:


February 3, 2015
Gonzaga University Sports Information
For Immediate Release

WTEN Recruiting Class Receives National Recognition
Incoming trio of Zags receives votes from TennisRecruiting.net

SPOKANE, Wash.—A strong start to 2015 got a little better Tuesday when the Gonzaga University women’s tennis team’s most recent recruiting class received a bit of national recognition.

The Zags’ crop of incoming freshmen received six votes in the Overall Top 25 poll from TennisRecruiting.net, tying for 35th in all of Division I. Prior to this vote, no GU recruiting class had ever received votes in an overall top 25 poll, just rankings for mid-major teams.

“We put a lot of work into this recruiting class and we could not be happier with the group of young women we have coming in,” said Gonzaga head coach D.J. Gurule. “Not only are they great athletes and tennis players, but also they truly embody the Gonzaga culture of excellence in everything they do. The addition of The Stevens Center has been absolutely essential to the development of our program and has given our team a place to call home. We are so grateful for the unwavering support of our athletic department and know our best is still yet to come.”

Gonzaga’s 2015 NLI class consists of three future student-athletes: Graciela Rosas, Sophie Whittle, and Nevada Apollo. Rosas, a Mexicali, Mexico native, has been the top ranked player in her state for the last six years. She’s also represented Baja California in five consecutive National Olympics – winning gold in 2011 – and picked up numerous other tournament victories along the way. Rosas has big wins over current Vanderbilt and San Diego recruits and a freshman from the University of Colorado.

Whittle comes to Gonzaga from Arroyo Grande High School in southern California, where she’s been unbeatable. The senior went undefeated in high school singles play, going 121-0 and winning four PAC 8 singles titles. A four-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net, Whittle even helped Arroyo Grande earn its first sectional championship in school history.

A top-50 recruit from the class of 2015, Apollo comes to Spokane from the Advantage Tennis Academy in Irvine, Calif. A native of Las Vegas, Nev., she’s the second-ranked recruit from the state of Nevada and also has a handful of strong tournament finishes under her belt. Most recently, Apollo took third place at the November USTA National Selection Tournament in Irvine, Calif., beating numerous highly-ranked recruits and current college freshmen.

The current Gonzaga women’s tennis team (3-0) will return to action Saturday, February 7, by hosting Eastern Washington. That match will begin at 11:00 a.m. at The Stevens Center in Spokane.


Kyle Scholzen
Assistant Sports Information Director • Gonzaga University