FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU Head Women’s Tennis Coach Jennifer Gabou (Magley) has announced the signing of three athletes for the upcoming 2008-09 season. Priscillia Villemond, Eva Sambrano and Heather St. John have all decided to continue their career at FGCU.
Villemond will transfer to FGCU from Tyler Community College in Tyler, Texas, and will compete at FGCU as a junior. She is originally from Les Bordes, France. She finished the 2007-08 season 13-4 and was the 15th ranked player in the country while also earning a #9 ranking in doubles. She earned 1st Team All-American honors after Tyler finished as the national runner-up in the NJCAA finals.
“I am very excited for this new experience and I am proud of being a member of the family at FGCU,” stated Villemond.
Sambrano is also a transfer from the junior college ranks. She played the #3 position for Hillsborough who won the NJCAA national championship. She finished with a record of 13-2 record in singles and 12-3 record in doubles. She was a 2nd team All-American She finished the season ranked #37 in singles action and #25 in doubles while being named team MVP for Hillsborough.
The final member is Heather St. John, a Naples, Fla., native. She will be the only freshman in the class. She was named team MVP at Gulf Coast High School. She will be one of the youngest players to compete at FGCU after graduating early from Gulf Coast at the age of 17.
“These new additions to our team are a direct compliment to the returning talent we have in Lauren Pfeiffer, Leah Johnson, Maggie Caulk and our lone senior Joanne Power,” stated Magley. “Priscilla (Villemond) is a dedicated young lady that brings a tremendous amount of experience playing high in a collegiate line-up. She is a fierce competitor and her willingness to improve will help her transition to the next level. (Eva) Sambrano is a force on the court and does not give away any free points. She will bring fire to the court each and every match. Heather (St. John) is hungry to improve and is very competitive at heart. I am thankful that we have succeeded in signing a young standout player from Florida. Her work ethic will be an incredible addition to our new team this season."