MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's women's tennis coach Lisa Alipaz announced Thursday that the Gaels will welcome talented newcomers Jana McCord and Jana Nabel to the squad for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
McCord and Nabel join incoming freshmen Kareena Manji and Emma Critser to form a four-player group of recruits for the Gaels this season. The two new additions only further bolster a class that was recently ranked the fifth-best in the country among mid-major schools by TennisRecruiting.net.
"We're so excited to have both Jana McCord and Jana Nabel on board for next season," Alipaz said. "They're both big-time talents that we think can do very well in our program. When you add them to the class we already had coming in with Kareena and Emma and we feel confident that our program will continue to improve and succeed over the next few years."
McCord joins the Gaels after playing one year at Texas A&M. The San Diego, Calif. native returns to her home state after going 9-11 in singles while primarily playing the No. 6 spot in the lineup as a freshman with the Aggies. The 5-foot-10 McCord arrived in College Station with a lengthy resume, earning a blue-chip, five-star rating and ranking as high as No. 17 in the nation from TennisRecruiting.net after going 27-0 as a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School.
Nabel comes to Moraga with plenty of accomplishments of her own. The 6-foot-1 native of Braunschweig, Germany owns national singles titles at the under-14 and under-16 levels and an under-16 title in doubles. She has competed twice at the European Championships, reaching the round of 16 in the under-16 division. She also competed in the Junior Fed Cup under-16 championships in Mexico, taking eighth place and climbed as high as No. 29 in the German national rankings.
The new-look Gaels will kick off their season in September as they try to continue their run of tremendous success in recent seasons. SMC climbed as high as No. 34 in the national rankings in 2014 and won three matches at the West Coast Conference Championships to reach the finals. Recently graduated No. 1 player Jenny Jullien earned her second WCC Player of the Year award and Jamie Pawid, who returns to the Gaels for 2014-15, was also named a first team All-WCC performer.