BOULDER - University of Colorado women's tennis head coach Nicole Kenneally announced a quartet of student-athletes have been added to the 2010-2011 roster.
Winde Janssens (Peer, Belgium), Carla Manzi Tenorio (Cali, Columbia), Kristina Schleich (Lilienthal, Germany) have all signed National Letters of Intent, while Kristina Barber (Colorado Springs, Colo., Cheyenne Mountain) will be added as a walk-on.
"Overall, I am excited about this group," Kenneally said. "These ladies will usher in a new era in women's tennis at CU for the fall season. They're all very bright young ladies who are ready to start academically and athletically at CU."
The four additions to will add a youthful presence to the CU tennis team during the fall season with only one senior (Abbie Probert); three juniors (Ania Anuszkiewicz, Michala Hedelund Jensen, Madie Kern); and one sophomore (Erin Sanders).
Janssens is the first student-athlete from Belgium during Kenneally's tenure and the first in the history of the CU women's tennis program. Janssens was the September 2009 Belgian Champion III (City Tessenderlo) and in September 2008 was the Flemisch Champion (City Lommel). Janssens intended college major is integrative physiology.
"Winde is an athletic player who will really be challenging everyone with her all court game," added Kenneally. "I can't wait for Winde to arrive on campus and to start working with her."
Just like Janssens, Manzi Tenorio is the first student-athlete from Columbia during Kenneally's tenure and first tennis student-athlete of the program.
Manzi Tenorio participated in the South American Qualification to the Junior Fed Cup as one of three members of the Columbia team in 2004, 2007, and 2008. Also in 2008, she was a member of the Columbia squad that qualified to the Junior Fed Cup in San Luis Potosi, Mexico earning a third place finish in South America. Last year, she was ranked among the top-10 in the COSAT under-16 rankings.
Valedictorian of her senior class, Manzi Tenorio earned excellence honors in AP physics and chemistry. She is interested in chemical engineering at CU.
"I am excited for Carla to join our program," Kenneally said. "Carla has played a lot of tennis in South America and has been very successful. I look for her to bring that experience to the Buffaloes and showcase her style."
Schleich is the fifth German student-athlete in the CU program and the third in the last 12 years under Kenneally.
"Kristina is joining us with a very solid foundation behind her through her junior competition in Germany," Kenneally said. "She has played at a high level and has gained valuable experience which is only going to help the tennis program this year as well as in years ahead."
Schleich was a member of the 2009 German Team Championship team and a member of two state team championships (2001, 2002) and a pair of runner up placings (2003, 2005). In 2007, she won the Junior ITF doubles title in Spain. She plans to study international business at CU.
Barber's the third student-athlete on the 2010 roster from the state of Colorado. At Cheyenne Mountain, Barber was a member of three 4A state championship teams (2010, 2009, 2007). During her senior season, she was team captain and named most valuable player.
As a freshman, she won the Class 4A No. 1 doubles title; her sophomore and junior years placed fourth; and during her senior year placed third at states.
In the classroom, Barber graduated summa cum laude and was a four-time Peak Performer first team selection. Her intended major at CU is chemistry with an interest in pre-med.
"Kristina is a great young lady and I am excited that she decided to start her college tennis career at CU," Kenneally said. "Kristina is a solid player in the Intermountain Region and has a lot of upside in her game."
The 2010 Colorado fall season begins with the CU Invitational, Sept. 24-26 at the South Campus courts.