Georgia Tech Transfer Maya Johansson Joins Women's Tennis Team

Aug. 1, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The defending NCAA Champion UCLA women's tennis team added another standout player to its 2008-09 roster on Friday, as head coach Stella Sampras Webster announced that former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Maya Johansson signed a grant-in-aid form to play for the Bruins next year. Johansson, who was a freshman at Georgia Tech last season and still has three years of eligibility remaining, joins incoming freshmen Nina Pantic and Carling Seguso on next year's team.

"We are obviously excited to have such a talented player like Maya join our team," said Sampras Webster. "She had a phenomenal season at Georgia Tech last year and we are thrilled she has decided to transfer to UCLA. We expect big things from Maya."

Johansson, from Vaires sur Marne, France, burst onto the scene in the fall of 2007, winning the first 12 matches of her college career to qualify for the main draw at the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. She ended up reaching the semifinals of that event, defeating several highly-ranked players, including No. 9 Celia Durkin of Stanford and UCLA's No. 13 Riza Zalameda. That performance earned Johansson a No. 6 national singles ranking, as she would go on to finish the season with a 29-8 overall record. She was also 13-3 in dual matches, playing primarily at the No. 6 position. Johansson was one of five Georgia Tech players to earn a spot in the 64-player NCAA Singles Draw.

Johansson, Pantic and Seguso are expected to play big roles for the team next year, as the Bruins lost seniors Elizabeth Lumpkin, Tracy Lin, Alex McGoodwin and Zalameda to graduation.


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