Ashland University head women's tennis coach Lexi Bolesky has announced the signing of 2017-18 recruits Sofie Garpered, Anna Hart and Hazuki Ogino.
"It is a very exciting day for us to announce three early signings for the Class of 2021," Bolesky said. "We are honored to add Anna, Hazuki and Sofie to our 2017-18 roster. Not only will these girls be an immediate impact on the court, but they will add to our team's culture with their fantastic personalities and character."
Garpered hails from Stockholm, Sweden. She is ranked No. 25 in the country in her age group, and is a player for KLTK Royal Tennis Club in the highest senior national league. Garpered won a regional doubles title in 2015, reached the regional doubles finals in 2014 and 2013 and was a national quarterfinalist in doubles in 2013.
"Sofie was my first verbal commitment as a head coach," Bolesky said. "She is extremely talented and plays very athletic with beautiful footwork. After meeting Sofie for the first time, I knew she would be a great fit here at AU. Her excitement and energy are very positive, and we are very lucky to have her joining our squad."
Hart will come to Ashland from Milton, Ga. She boasts consecutive undefeated singles seasons, as well as team accomplishments such as top four in the state among private schools in 2015, and an Elite Eight appearance and conference title in 2016.
"Anna is a student of one of my former teammates and doubles partners, Amy Pazahanick," Bolesky noted. "She is 5-11, and is a definite presence on the tennis court. Her work ethic and motivation for improvement are very evident in all she does. She will be a great asset to our team."
Ogino is from Ojai, Calif., by way of Kobe, Japan.
"Hazuki will be joining us following extensive college preparation at the Weil Tennis Academy," said Bolesky. "As a former coach at Weil, I know Hazuki will be more than prepared for all the challenges that college tennis brings. She has very solid technique and shows great mental toughness. We are very honored to have her join our program."