Nov. 16, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's tennis team signed two of the top junior players in the world on Wednesday, receiving letters of intent from Yasmin Schnack of Sacramento, Calif. and Stephanie Wetmore of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Both players will be freshmen in the fall of 2006.
"We're extremely excited to have signed two players who are going to come in and make an immediate impact on this program," said acting head coach Rance Brown, who is heading up the team until January when head coach Stella Sampras Webster returns from maternity leave. "I believe that Yasmin is the top college-bound recruit in America, and she has backed that up with some outstanding results in singles and doubles at various ITF and USTA events. She had a number of options so we are thrilled she ultimately decided that UCLA was the best place to grow as a student-athlete. As for Stephanie, I had the chance to see her play at both the Canadian Open and U.S. Open Championships this past year, and I was immediately impressed with her style of play. She's a versatile athlete who will be an asset to this program for many years to come."
Schnack, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USTA Girls' 18's Singles Rankings, reached the semifinals in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles at this year's Easter Bowl. She also participated at the U.S. Open and French Open Junior Championships, advancing to the round of 16 in doubles at the French. In 2004, she was a quarterfinalist in doubles (w/Vania King) at the Australian Open Junior Championships. She is a member of the United States Junior Fed Cup Team, and has been ranked as high as No. 33 in the ITF World Singles Rankings. Schnack has been home school until this year and currently attends Elk Grove High School in Sacramento.
Wetmore, who has been ranked as high at No. 2 in Canada (16s) and No. 128 in the ITF (18s), was a quarterfinalist in doubles at this year's Canadian Open. She was a singles semifinalist at the Canadian National Outdoor Championships in August and has participated in such junior events as the U.S. Open, Orange Bowl, and Eddie Herr Championships. She captured the girls' 18's doubles title (w/Iryna Matiychyk) at the Copa Milo in Santiago, Chile in February.
"Yasmin and Stephanie are two special players who I believe are going to do some great things at the collegiate level," added Sampras Webster. I look forward to helping both of them reach their highest potential and accomplish some of the goals they have set out to achieve."
Special thanks to Marcia Frost at collegeandjuniortennis.com for photo usage.