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Fall '20 Tennis Recruiting Classes Shaping Up - Who's Headed Where?

Darryl Nash / USTASoCal

Wed 13th, May, 2020

Some of Southern California’s young talents are concluding their junior careers before entering the college ranks this fall, headed to universities across the nation for their first real taste of competitive team tennis. Despite these uncertain times, teams throughout Southern California and beyond are preparing - if only on paper - to restock their rosters and resume competition as they await the arrival of the incoming freshman class of scholar-athletes.

A quarterfinalist at the 2019 USTA SoCal Junior Sectional Championships and the ITF at Irvine, Amy Huang of San Diego (pictured) will find herself on the opposite coast this fall, beginning her tenure at Harvard University. Under coach Tracy Green, the Crimson were 7-2 in Ivy League play this spring, on the verge of a west coast swing through California before the season was halted.

"I’m very excited to switch coasts!" Amy tells USTASoCal. "I’ve always loved the snow and I love playing indoor tennis so I couldn’t be more excited." Playing for an Ivy League school, Amy will balance demanding academics and a tennis season at once. "My selection process was pretty straight forward," she says. "I knew I wanted a school with both strong tennis and academics. I probably weighed academics a little more than athletics but in the end, I still wanted to play at a Division I school."

Shervin Dehmoubed of Cardiff and Los Angeles' Renould Lefevre are also headed to Ivy League play, both joining the young Yale squad.

Daniel Zhou of Alhambra, the 2016 Anaheim Level 4 16s champion, will take a much different route. Zhou (along with Jake Huarte of Tustin, plus Santa Clarita's Justine Dondonay on the women's side) will play for Army West Point Academy this fall. The men were 9-6 overall in 2019/20 under coach Jim Poling, with four California imports on the squad. Among Army's top rivals is Air Force, who add Jinta Sasamori of Norwalk and Irvine's Daniel Wei to their roster.

"When I (visited West Point)," Zhou recalls, "I really just liked the environment ... everyone was looking out for you and just making sure you're doing your best at all times. But most importantly, (I appreciated) the leadership development and the more ethical side of West Point, because not every college takes the time to develop you as a leader."

Worth mentioning is the City of Irvine, which boasts eight young players moving on to collegiate programs in the fall, and San Diego, where eight top girls are headed to the college ranks.

Creighton University in Nebraska will benefit most from the great SoCal talent pool, poaching three Section players for their men's squad.

 

GIRLS BLUE STAR & FIVE STAR RECRUITS

Charlotte Chavatipon (Fullerton) TEXAS

Amy Huang (San Diego) HARVARD

Anessa Lee (San Marino) VANDERBILT

Michelle Zell (Tustin) UC DAVIS

Casie Wooten (Torrance) WAKE FOREST

Camille Kiss (Redlands) UC SANTA BARBARA

Erica Ekstrand (Santa Monica) WILLIAMS

Natalie Duffy (Hemet) CSU FULLERTON

Justine Dondonay (Santa Clarita) ARMY

Cami Brown (Irvine) CALIFORNIA

Jordyn McBride (Valencia) SAN DIEGO

GIRLS RECRUITS, CLASS OF 2020

Giulia Hoyer (San Diego) SANTA CLARA

Irene Huang (San Diego) MIT

Ella Pachl (Laguna Beach) UCSD

Carly Schwartzberg (San Diego) UC DAVIS

Emily Fowler (San Diego) UCI

Grace Fuss (Santa Barbara) HAMILTON

Karen Gao (San Diego) WASHINGTON U

Mia Linam (Palos Verdes Estates) CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT

Heather Richards (Hemet) CONCORDIA (CA)

Thelma Sepulveda (San Ysidro) POINT LOMA (CA)

Olivia Tracey (San Diego) LOYOLA (MD)

Zoe Coggins (Huntington Beach) DOMINICAN (CA)

Chase Eisenberg (Stevenson Ranch) TCNJ

Hannah Kimura (Beverly Hills) WELLESLEY

Tanner Rowland (Riverside) UC SANTA CRUZ

Julia Wagner (Arroyo Grande) HILLSDALE

Jane Wang (San Diego) BABSON

Alexandra Sekulic (Long Beach) HOPE INTERNATIONAL

Yukina Abe (Ojai) McNEESE STATE

Sydney Bram (Los Angeles) BATES

Mae Fmar Canete (Los Angeles) CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

 

BOYS BLUE STAR & FIVE STAR RECRUITS

Max McKennon (Newport Beach) ARIZONA STATE

Kai Brady (Redondo Beach) UC SANTA BARBARA

Shervin Dehmoubed (Cardiff) YALE

Noah Gampel (Malibu) CALIFORNIA

Bruno Krenn (Calabasas) UTAH

Renould Lefevre (Los Angeles) YALE

Alexander Petrov (Irvine) IOWA

Daniel Zhou (Alhambra) ARMY

BOYS RECRUITS, CLASS OF 2020

Ayato Arakaki (Ojai) QUINNIPIAC

Sundeep Chakladar (Redondo Beach) MIT

Jett Cole (Laguna Beach) UCSB

Jonah Dickson (Pacific Palisades) BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Tim Dzhurinskiy (Manhattan Beach) WISCONSIN

Jake Huarte (Tustin) ARMY

Shin Inoue (Irvine) CREIGHTON

Caden Kammerer (Irvine) XAVIER

Noah Laber (Ventura) MIDDLEBURY

Matthew Lanahan (Chula Vista) CREIGHTON

Ryan Lee (Irvine) WESLEYAN (CT)

Nadim Motagheti (Cerritos) CARNEGIE MELLON

Jinta Sasamori (Norwalk) AIR FORCE

Derek Wong (La Jolla) CARNEGIE MELLON

John Zisette (Manhattan Beach) SMU

Sam Ashbrook (Arroyo Grande) REDLANDS

Lincoln Bellamy (Pacific Palisades) LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

Matthew Feng (Arcadia) PONOMO-PITZER

Ethan Ha (Carpenteria) WESTMONT

Yuv Kataria (Ojai) CARLETON

Zackary Maline (Coto de Gaza) CREIGHTON

Joshua Masuda (Palos Verdes Estates) MIT

Yuvraj Narang (Ventura) CWRU

Sean Pesin (Ojai) HOBART & WILLIAM SMITH

Cameron Sepahi (Irvine) HAVERFORD

Eric Silberman (San Diego) UCSD

Daniel Wei (Irvine) AIR FORCE

Aaron Basye (Mission Viejo) BRANDEIS

Michael Blando (San Diego) UC RIVERSIDE

Nathan Butterfield (San Luis Obispo) REDLANDS

Nabil Fawaz (Irvine) ILLINOIS TECH

Vahag Pashayan (Pasadena) GEORGE FOX

ZhiYi Zhang (Los Angeles) STEVENS

 

Top SoCal programs adding blue chip and five star athletes include:

Abigail Desiatnikov (Nevada) SAN DIEGO

Vanessa Ong (Oklahoma) UCLA

McKenna Koenig (Arizona) USC

Shreya Ravilla (NorCal) CAL POLY

Judson Blair (Oregon) SAN DIEGO STATE

Carter Crookston (Texas) CAL POLY

Blake Kasday (Nevada) SAN DIEGO

Stefan Leustian (NorCal) UCLA

Recruits at all levels can be found online at tennisrecruiting.net.