El Paso – On the heels of a record-setting 2009 dual-match season, UTEP head tennis coach Jamie Campbell showed she is not resting on her laurels by announcing that three quality players have signed national letters of intent to play for the Miners starting this fall. Alexandra Glebova, Austin Lavallii and Veronika Makashov will join the team for the 2009-10 season.
Lavallii (Mason High School, Mason, Mich.) and Makashov (Thornhill HS, Richmond Hill, Ontario) will enroll as true freshmen following stellar prep careers while Glebova will have two years of eligibility remaining after starring at Florida Community College at Jacksonville the past two seasons.
Glebova hails from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, but is no stranger to tennis in the United States after two strong seasons at FCCJ. She was the No. 9 player nationally in singles as a freshman, while also rating fifth in doubles. The ensuing season, Glebova checked in 12th in the country in singles. Her efforts assisted in FCCJ taking home fourth place at the national tournament in 2009, which came after a ninth-place outcome in 2008.
“Alex’s strength is her mental toughness,” Campbell said. “She will simply wear down her opponents mentally and physically. She was very successful playing No. 1 singles and No.1 doubles at the collegiate level in Jacksonville. This experience will significantly benefit our team.”
Lavallii aided the Bulldogs to four straight league championships. She was tabbed an all-state performer twice, while landing all-state honorable-mention accolades the other two years. Additionally, she was recognized with all-area distinction every season. A two-time MVP, she was the No. 1 singles on her squad each season, while also holding down the No. 1 spot in doubles as a senior.
“Austin is an aggressive baseliner whose strength is her quickness and power on the court,” Campbell said. “Her work ethic is impeccable and will push the other players. She will immediately impact our starting line-up.”
Makashov was a part of the York Region Championship Team at THS, which finished among the top of in the OFSAA (provincial rankings). She took home the crown at the York Championship, and won numerous three-star provincial tournaments. Included among those were four straight titles at the Rosedale Classic. Makashov sports a national rating of 17th in 18s and 18th in doubles.
“Veronica is another powerful baseliner who possesses all the skills to develop into a great college player,” Campbell said. “We believe Veronika will play in the “meat” of our starting lineup and will bring more depth and “punch” to the team.”