Cambridge, Mass. (August 30) -- The MIT women's tennis program has announced its incoming class for the 2017-2018 season as five newcomers join the Engineers. MIT, under the direction of NEWMAC Coach of the Year Carol Matsuzaki, is coming off a NEWMAC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. This year's incoming group includes Megan Guenther (Willowbrook, Ill.), Vanessa Kitova (Beverly, Mass.), Alex Reinhart (Austin, Texas), Libby Rickeman (Wayzata, Minn.) and Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.).
"I'm very excited to welcome this strong group of five players to the MIT tennis family," said Matsuzaki. "As a class, they are the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the nation in all of Division III according to tennisrecruiting.net. Individually, they will each bring a unique personality to the group dynamic and it will be exciting to see what we can do as a team this year. We have a great group of senior leaders in place, as well as a challenging slate of matches lined up for the year and we are looking forward to it."
Guenther was a four-year letter winner at Hinsdale Central High School who won the 2016 Illinois State Doubles Championship as her team captured the 2016 state title. She was the 2016 Team MVP, team captain and was a two-time Athlete of the Month. Guenther was also a Prince Hot 100 Tennis Player and a Tennis Recruiting Network Three-Star Player.
Kitova played number one singles at Beverly High School and was a 2016 NEC All-Star and a 2016 Boston Globe All-Scholastic honoree. Since the start of the ninth grade, she has won 18 individual tournaments and was a semifinalist at the Summer National Championship (Ukraine, 2014). Kitova was also ranked in the top 20 in the New England USTA rankings and in the top 200 in the U.S. Tennis Recruiting rankings.
Reinhart, a four-year letter winner at Westlake High School, placed third in the Texas State 6A doubles tournament. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.
Rickeman, a six-time letter winner in lacrosse and tennis at The Blake School, posted a 118-9 singles record and a 13-4 doubles mark in her career. She was the captain of the tennis team in 2016, while claiming four Minnesota state singles championships and one doubles title. Her team also won four state championships, while she was named as an Academic All-Star and Athena Award winner.
Zhang was a First Team All-League selection in 2014 and the Garnet Valley MVP who finished as the PA Central League Singles Runner Up. She was the Central League Doubles Champion and State Quarterfinalist, along with being ranked fourth in Pennsylvania and 122nd nationally by the Tennis Recruiting Network.