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Oregon women's tennis recruiting class ranked No. 15

The Oregon women’s tennis team’s 2015 recruiting class received the No. 15 ranking by on Monday. This marks the first time that the program has appeared in the site’s recruiting class rankings.

Placement of each team took into account input from junior tennis experts from around the country. Recruiting classes were based on players who have either verbally committed or signed a letter of intent during the fall signing period.

Oregon boosted it’s position after signing two five-star recruits: Daniela Nasser of Tampa, Florida, and Rebekah Anderson of La Mirada, California. The Ducks have also received a verbal commitment from five-star recruit Christi Woodson of Melbourne, Florida.

Nasser is a three-time District 10 champion at Tampa’s Academy of Holy Names in both singles and doubles. She also took the regional title as a freshman in singles and doubles. As a sophomore, Nasser reached the finals in the state 2A finals in singles and doubles. She was named to Tennis Recruiting’s Hot 100 List three separate times, twice in 2012 (#10, #12) and once in 2013 (#41). 

At the  USTA G18-16 National Championships, Anderson defeated Madison Clarke –  ranked No. 30 in the nation at the time – in straight sets 6-2, 6-0. She also took down a highly ranked blue chip recruit in No. 21 Jessica Failla at the Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships.

Woodson currently holds the No. 10 ranking in the state of Florida, 24th in the Southeast, and 75th nationally.

“We’re certainly grateful, and it is definitely an attribute to the work that Tony and I have been putting in on the recruiting trail – it’s nice to see that diligence pay off,” said first year women’s tennis head coach Alison Silverio. “The support we have from not only our athletic department, but the community and all of the support staff has made it possible to have a fifteenth ranking.”

The Ducks are projected to finish fourth in the Pac 12, with Stanford leading the country at No. 1, USC coming in at No. 5, Washington at No. 8, and UCLA in the No. 17 slot.

With a little over two months until signing day, coaches across the country will be continuing to secure recruits. For Oregon, that means locking in players that are a good fit both on the court and as a member of the “Duck culture.”

“We want to keep attracting character-first athletes,” said Silverio. “We are fortunate to be getting those type of student athletes, and to continue to build that tradition of excellence in our program,  it starts with bringing in the right type of recruits.”

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