Proficient Golden State merchandise Makenna Thiel (left) and Jessica Alsola (proper) will be part of the Bears within the fall.
WTEN7/23/2021 2:03 PM | By: Cal Athletics
BERKELEY – Jessica Alsola and Makenna Thiel – a pair of gifted incoming freshmen from the Golden State – will bolster the defending Pac-12 champion Cal ladies’s tennis staff once they be part of the Golden Bears for the 2021-22 season.
Tennis Recruiting Community tabbed Alsola as excessive as third in its nationwide rankings, and he or she is the positioning’s high recruit from the state of California. Tennis Recruiting rated Thiel because the twenty ninth high nationwide recruit and No. 7 from the Golden State.
“We’re happy so as to add Jessica and Makenna to the staff for this upcoming season,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus stated. “We really feel that they are each nice matches academically and athletically to this system. We’re wanting ahead to hopefully having a complete 12 months of competitors, teachers and staff camaradie.”
Born within the Philippines, Alsola moved together with her household to Ontario, Canada, as a baby earlier than they lastly settled in Fresno, California. She garnered high rankings as a junior in Canada – she was ranked seventh in doubles and eighth in singles on the under-14 stage and fourth in singles as a U-12 participant.
In singles over the previous 12 months, she received singles titles at a Las Vegas Ladies’s $25K match in Might, an Atlanta $25K match in March and a Newport Seaside $25K occasion in January. In Newport Seaside, Alsola defeated Katie Volynets, who’s been ranked as excessive as 183rd within the WTA ballot, on her strategy to the title. Within the Atlanta match, Alsola knocked off Sophie Chang, who’s been ranked as excessive as 136th by the WTA, and Savannah Broadus, who has a career-best ITF junior mixed rating of twenty sixth, en path to the crown.
Thiel, born in Berkeley, is a product of close by Piedmont within the East Bay. The 18-year-old’s mom, Pamela Lee, competed for the Cal ladies’s swimming & diving staff, and her sister, Kaelli Theil, performed tennis for Harvard (2016-17).
In 2018, Makenna Thiel received the North Coast Part doubles title in 2018, and the next 12 months she captured the Northern California Junior Sectional singles championship and in addition reached the doubles ultimate at junior sectionals. In 2021, she received the West Alameda Coast Convention singles championship. The Piedmont Excessive College captain as a senior in 2020-21, Thiel posted a 29-1 report at No. 1 singles.
The most recent Bears be part of a staff coming off one other standout season, on the courts and within the classroom. The Bears have been named an ITA All-Educational Group for 2021, with six particular person Bears colleting ITA Scholar-Athlete standing, whereas in October, Cal garnered the Newmark Award as the ladies’s “small staff” with the highest grade-point common for the 2019-20 season.
Cal captured this system’s first Pac- match championship in April and reached the spherical of 16 within the NCAA staff match, after which Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov competed within the NCAA particular person championships.
“With just about the complete Pac-12 championship squad returning, we’re excited to proceed the journey with this staff and attempt to deliver extra championships to Cal,” Augustus added.
Augustus’ staff will subsequent hit the courts when the Bears host their annual Cal Fall Invitational from Sept. 24-26 on the Hellman Tennis Complicated and the Channing Tennis Courts.