BUFFALO, NY – Head women's tennis coach Kristen Maines has completed her roster for the upcoming season with the addition of three student-athletes in Gabriella Akopyan, Ambre Amat, and Alexis Tensfeldt.
Akopyan comes to Buffalo from Yerevan, Armenia where she has represented her country in the FedCup. She has defeated players ranked as high as Top 100 according to the International Tennis Federation and is coming to UB looking for an opportunity to grow as a person, an athlete, and a student."
"Gabriella is a little bit older and the maturity she will bring to this team will be huge," said Maines. "She has trained at a high level her entire career and has the aspirations to go professional, and this opportunity will help her get closer to that goal."
Amat is from Antibes, France where she attends the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, one of the top academies in all of Europe and the facility where the best players in the world train prior to the French Open. Amat has played against some of the top talent in the world, including a match against the 15th ranked player in all of France.
Most recently, Amat played in the TC Antibes Tournoi Open, when she won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 over Simona Parajova.
"Ambre has a great touch and feel for the ball on the court and will be outstanding for us, especially in doubles," said Maines. "She has a great personality and her experiences at Mouratoglou are going to be huge for both herself and our entire team."
Tensfeldt will join the Bulls from Johannesburg, South Africa where she reached as high as third in singles in South Africa in U16 and fifth in doubles. She is currently 14th in the country in Girl's Singles U18 and 19th in Women's Open Singles.
Tensfeldt has competed at numerous South African National Junior Championships and reached the quarterfinals of the U18 Tournament.
"Alexis is extremely gifted both on the tennis court and in the classroom," said Maines. "She is a great person and team player and comes to us with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She chose UB because of its strong academics as she strives to go into Biomedical Engineering and we can't wait to help her achieve that goal."
These three will join Azra Deniz Comlek and Lolina Schietekat Sedas, who signed with the Bulls earlier this year.
"As we conclude our class, I am excited about the student-athletes we are bringing in and the team chemistry of this group with our returnees," said Maines. "The level of talent we will have throughout our lineup will be as high as it has been and I am excited to see the group gel during the year and compete for Mid-American Conference championships."