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May Hibi at the 2013 U.S. Open Junior Championships

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Women's Tennis Lands Nation's No. 1 Recruit Mayo Hibi
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/19/2013
LOS ANGELES - Headlined by the nation's No. 1 overall recruit in Irvine's Mayo Hibi, the UCLA women's tennis program announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday. Also joining this year's class are Kristin Wiley of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Kelly Shaffer of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

“We are so excited to add Mayo, Kristin and Kelly to our program," said UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster. "Over the last few years we have been extremely fortunate to recruit some of the top American players. I think that adding these three outstanding athletes to our roster further solidifies our efforts to compete at the highest level.”

Hibi, who attends Woodbridge High School in Irvine, is one of the most decorated players ever to sign with UCLA, as she currently ranks No. 228 in the WTA Tour Rankings. She climbed to a career-high No. 212 in the world in September of this year, shortly after winning a women's challenger event in Sacramento. Hibi took home the singles crown at a challenger event in Las Cruces, N.M. in June, where she also reached the finals in doubles (w/Anamika Bhargava). She won the U.S. Open National Playoff in August, earning a wild card into the women's qualifying event at the 2013 U.S. Open. Hibi played only three junior tournaments in 2013 due to playing many professional tournaments as an amateur. She won the Easter Bowl and the USTA International Spring Championships, also reaching the semifinals at the Junior U.S. Open. Her career-high ranking in the ITF Junior World Rankings is No. 26. Hibi was named the 2011 and 2012 Southern California Tennis Association Player of the Year and is currently listed as a Blue Chip recruit (No. 1 overall) in the class of 2014 according to TennisRecruiting.net.

Wiley, who trains at the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is also listed as a Blue Chip recruit (No. 14 overall) by TennisRecruiting.net. She recently captured the doubles title (w/Bennett Dunn) at the 65th USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Doubles Championships in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Wiley was also seeded No. 17 in singles at the 2013 Girls' 18s National Championships, reaching the fourth round. She was also seeded No. 9 in doubles (w/Caroline Turner) at the National Championships. Over the last six months she has played a number of events on the ITF Pro Circuit. Her best result came at a $10,000 event in Hilton Head, S.C. in October where she won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw. Wiley played tennis for Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale and now attends the Broward Virtual School.

Shaffer, who is an All-CIF performer at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif., plans to graduate from high school this December in order to join the Bruins in January. She is listed as a four-start recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net. She went 33-2 for The Bishop’s School last season, reaching the section singles semifinals. Shaffer received a wild card to compete in the qualifying draw at the WTA Tour's Southern California Open in Carlsbad last summer, falling to former Florida standout Allie Will, who was ranked top-300 in the world at the time. She captured a USTA Silver Ball for reaching the singles final at the National Open Hard Court Championships San Diego in 2013. Also won a Gold Ball in mixed doubles at the National Open Grass Court championships in Newport, R.I.


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