BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Head coach David Johnson has announced the 2014 Campbell University women's tennis recruiting class, which includes one transfer and three freshmen. Irina Karangozishvili (Tblisi, Georgia), Maud Mraz (Metz, France), Georgina Segarra (Mataro, Spain) and Camila Valencia (Bogota, Colombia) will join the program this fall.
"This represents a more significant transition from what we've dealt with in past few years with having four new faces on the team. We'll have a real blend on the roster with two seniors and three juniors on one end and four new players on the other end. The unknown makes it more exciting as we enter the fall season. I'm interested to see how things will unfold. I have some ideas, but not near the certainty of the last few years."
The newcomers join a program that finished 13-9 overall and fourth (6-3) in the Big South standings. Senior Karolina Chernaya was named to the Big South all-conference first team. She ended her career with a 76-30 career singles record, eighth on Campbell's all-time victories list. Chernaya and rising senior Tamara Stanic both won 24 matches in 2013-14 to tie for 11th place on the school's single-season Division I era wins list.
In 16 years in charge of the Fighting Camel tennis teams, Johnson has guided his squads to a 417-276 record (.602), including a 225-127 mark (.639) on the women's side.
Irina Karangozishvili / Freshman / Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Two-time Georgian champion (U-14 and U-16)… Played with the Georgian national team in the Championship of Europe in Czech Republic and for the Championship of eastern Europe in Turkey... Reached the final of the 2010 Tbilisi Cup... Advanced to semifinals of 2012 Aleksandr Tsaturyan Memorial Cup (U-16)… Her father is a highly recognized tennis coach in Georgia… Born Apr. 24, 1996.
Maud Mraz / Sophomore / Metz, France
Rated among the top 50 players in her U-16 age group… Best French level rating was 2/6… Played club tennis in the third highest division in France… Awarded academic as well as athletic scholarship… Born Feb. 19, 1995.
Georgina Segarra / Freshman / Mataro, Spain
She lives in Mataro, close to Barcelona, with her parents Rosa and Albert. She has been playing tennis since she was 7yo and reached a ranking as high as 60 in Spain. She was one of the top players of her region in Spain (Catalonia) throughout her life. She will be a true freshman and was awarded an academic scholarship in addition to her athletics one due to her excellent performance in the classroom in high school… Born Apr. 6, 1995.
Camila Valencia / Freshman / Bogota, Colombia
Ranked among the top 15 juniors in various age groups in her native Colombia… Moved to Boston, Mass., for one year, played ITF tournaments and ranked as high as 750… During high school, she participated in several United Nations Models, was a member of the student council and involved community service... Born Dec. 20, 1995.