The Wright State women's tennis team has received four national letters of intent during the fall signing period, announced head coach Sean McCaffrey. Joining the Raiders for the 2013-14 season are Elaine Cloern, Aby Madrigal, Vanessa Madrigal and Tori Turner.
Cloern (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) compiled a 98-25 record during her high school career, going 51-12 in singles and 47-13 in doubles. She finished third in the state in doubles as a junior, advanced to the final 16 of the state her freshman year and was part of the 2010 Upper Arlington squad that won the Division I state team title.
A First Team All-State honoree in 2011, Cloern was a three-time Ohio Capital Conference champion and was team MVP her junior and senior years. Currently ranked 17th in Ohio by Tennis Recruiting Network, she placed third at this year's Midwest Level 5 Tournament.
"We were impressed with Elaine early in her junior year," said McCaffrey. "She has an enormous amount of control and a high degree of tennis IQ. Very little needs to be worked on with her mechanics and we believe that in a Division I practice, training and competitive environment, she will flourish."
Aby Madrigal (Highland, IN/Highland) has won the Indiana state doubles title in each of the last two seasons, including in 2011-12 with sister Vanessa, and has compiled a 34-0 record during that time. Ranked 10th in Indiana by Tennis Recruiting Network, Aby was named First Team All-State in doubles in 2011 and 2012 and Honorable Mention All-State in singles in 2010."Having Aby sign with us over other schools is truly fantastic," said McCaffrey. "Aby owns a couple of Indiana State high school doubles championships and brings a high degree of doubles knowledge to our program. This is rare for high schoolers coming in to a Division I setting to already have this strength."
Vanessa Madrigal (Highland, IN/Highland) went 17-0 in doubles play and 7-1 in singles as a junior. Ranked fourth in Indiana by Tennis Recruiting Network, she was a First Team All-State selection in singles as a freshman and sophomore and in doubles as a junior.
"We are very excited that we have both of the Madrigal Twins coming to Wright State," said McCaffrey. "Vanessa has some grit that will be immediately recognized when she steps on the court as a freshman. She has a pretty impressive tennis resume, but what may be equally, if not more impressive, is her intellect. Vanessa is a great addition to the Raider tennis program."
Turner (Liberty Township, OH/Lakota West) advanced to the quarterfinals of the state doubles tournament in 2012 after finishing runner-up in 2009. Currently ranked 12th in Ohio by Tennis Recruiting Network, Turner went 16-5 in singles play as a senior and placed third at both the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association and Greater Miami Conference tournaments.
"Tori embodies what we are seeking in a Raider tennis player," said McCaffrey. "Tori is intelligent, fit, humble, and most impressively exudes a great amount of heart when she competes and trains. We were thrilled when she verbally committed to us back in July. Tori will most definitely make an impression when she arrives at Wright State this upcoming fall."
The women's tennis team opens the spring portion of its schedule on Saturday, January 26, as the Raiders host Robert Morris at the South Regency Tennis Center in Springboro starting at 3:30. Wright State then hosts Dayton on Sunday, January 27, again at the South Regency Tennis Center, beginning at 1:00.