GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- University of North Dakota head men's and women's tennis coach Tom Wynne announced five total signees for his teams for the 2018-19 season. The commitments include three male athletes, two incoming freshmen and a transfer while the women bring aboard a transfer and a freshman as they begin their transition to The Summit League next season.
"The tennis program is extremely excited about the incoming student-athletes we have coming this fall," Wynne said. "We feel that the incoming women will be able to ably replace the lost players we had from last year and on the men's side we have a good problem now in that we have more players than spots available, so competition will be keen just to get playing time."
Kaede Amano (Ageo, Japan/Campbellsville Univ. (NAIA)
*Singles 20-1, Doubles 22-1 records last season
*2018 Mid-South Conference Player of the year
*2017 Mid-South Conference Freshman of the year
Alexandra Ochotorena (Albuquerque, New Mexico/New Mexico Connections Academy)
*4-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net
*Trained at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy in Florida, home to many Grand Slam champions
Johnnie Carmichael-Plester (Norwich, Great Britain/Nebraska-Kearney)
*Played last season at Nebraska-Kearney
*Second Team All-Conference as a sophomore, helping William Woods to the NAIA National Championships in 2016-17
*Has played in the National Club League at both junior and senior levels, while being awarded county and school colors
*As a prep, won two National G2 Doubles Titles, was a finalist in G1 doubles and has held numerous regional singles and doubles titles
*Coming into college, ranked No. 9 in the UK, while his top European ranking was 227th
Pavle Drobnjakovic (Belgrade, Serbia)
*Member of National Winning U18 team in 2016 and 2017
*Finalist- National Indoor Championship 2017 (U18)
*Highest National ranking at U18 -(#4)
Nejc Sitar (Koprivinca, Croatia)
*13 Universal Tennis Rating (UTR-- highest universal ranking ever for an incoming player at UND.
*Brother, Rok, played #1 for Montana State University