PASADENA (Aug. 16, 2019) – The Caltech women's tennis team is set to add one key player to an already talented and youthful core in 2020.
The Beavers will look to replace the contributions of departing senior Kana Moriyama, who became the first Caltech tennis player to win first-place hardware at the annual Ojai Valley Tournament, punched her ticket to the national tournament and led her team to a 21st in the nation year-end ranking, for the team's highest finish to close out a year ever. Caltech is once again projected to be a factor in the ITA national rankings, and its new newest player will have the opportunity to add to a young team looking to continue its improvements both individually and collectively.
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Solovyeva, like several of her new teammates comes to Caltech as a three-star recruit and spent the majority of her early development in Texas, a hotbed for junior tennis. Groundstrokes are perhaps Solovyeva's greatest strength as she is able to maintain the level of consistency required to outlast many opponents while also possessing the ability to finish points quickly on either side of the baseline. Solovyeva and Houston Memorial are coming off a 5-4 victory in the Girls' 6A State Championship match against Round Rock Westwood where she delivered a key 6-2, 6-2, victory for her squad. The incoming freshman will have the opportunity to make immediate contributions on a Caltech team that will make up in camraderie what it lacks in numbers.
"We are thrilled to have Nina join our team," Head Coach Mandy Gamble said. "She comes from a very good high school team that has won state championships. Her strong team mentality and her ability to compete on a high level will allow us to make another jump up the national ranks.
Solovyeva and the Beavers will see their first action of the season when they compete in the ITA Oracle Cup throughout the first weekend of October.