Nov. 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Head UCLA women's tennis coach Stella Sampras Webster is proud to announce the signing of two of the top junior players in the nation, as Ohio's Kyle McPhillips and Florida's Chanelle Van Nguyen both recently decided to join the Bruin program. McPhillips signed a National letter-of-intent on Wednesday and will be a freshman at UCLA in the fall of 2012. Van Nguyen, who signed a grant-in-aid, is eligible to join the team beginning this January.
"I'm really excited to have Kyle and Chanelle part of our program," said Sampras Webster, who is in her 16th season as head coach at UCLA. "Not only are they great friends, but they are also close with some of our freshmen, so when they came on campus together for their recruiting trip, it was just such a great fit. They are two players who are capable of playing both singles and doubles at a very high level. We are just thrilled that they are going to be Bruins."
McPhillips, from Willoughby, Ohio, claimed the singles title at the 2011 Easter Bowl Championships in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She is listed as a Blue Chip recruit in the class of 2012 according to TennisRecruiting.net. Throughout her junior career she has held the No. 1 ranking in the United States in nearly every age division. She has also been ranked as high as No. 48 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. Playing in the U.S. Open Junior Championships in September, McPhillips reached the round of 16 in singles and the semifinals in doubles (w/Nicole Gibbs). This past summer, while playing several professional tournaments as an amateur, she won five straight-set matches to claim the singles title at a women's pro circuit event in Cleveland. McPhillips is currently a senior at the Andrews Osborne Academy in Ohio.
"Kyle has had a ton of success in the juniors and has won championships," says Sampras Webster. "We expect her to come in and have that same type of success, while also developing as a player and a person. She's a winner who I know will play a big part in this program's quest for another national championship."
Like McPhillips, Van Nguyen has also been ranked in the top 50 in the world in the juniors, checking in at a career-high No. 49 in January of this year. The standout from Miami is also listed as a Blue Chip recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net. Some of her career highlights include reaching the doubles final at the 2011 Easter Bowl (w/McPhillips), and also reaching the singles final at the International Grass Court Championships in Philadelphia this past summer. She qualified for the U.S. Open Junior Championships in September, and has also appeared in the junior draws at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. She and McPhillips have teamed together on a number of occasions while playing on the ITF Junior Circuit. Van Nguyen is completing an independent study program through Miami Online High School.
"Chanelle has a true all-around game," says Sampras Webster. "She has great fundamentals and is a very sound player. I see her as the type of player who is going to improve greatly in college. She's coming in January so we can't wait to start working with her."