Cambridge, Mass. (July 23) -- The MIT women's tennis program will welcome five newcomers to the team for the 2019-20 season, as announced by head coach Carol Matsuzaki. Matsuzaki enters her 22nd season at MIT and is a 10-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year.
MIT's recruiting class is ranked No. 3 in Division III by TennisRecruiting.net and 25th nationally among mid-major programs.
This year's incoming class includes Seraphin Castelino (Superior, Colo.), Pamela Duke (San Jose, Calif.), Sara Fernandez (Miami, Fla.), Yuka Perera (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Sarah Pertsemlidis (Coppell, Texas).
"I am very excited to welcome Seraphin, Pam, Sara, Yuka, and Sarah to the MIT Tennis Family" said Coach Matsuzaki. "Their enthusiasm, combined with the experience and leadership of our returning players, will make for a fun year of learning, growth, and strong bonds."
Castelino was named as the 5A Tennis Player of the Year while playing at Fairview High School in the No. 1 singles position. She was also named as the BOCO PREPS Player of the Year, captured the No. 1 singles girls tennis championship and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Duke played at The Harker School, was ranked No. 88 on TennisRecruiting.net and was the 2015 Team MVP and a 2015 CCS Doubles Finalist. In addition, she played with the Blossom Hill Aces club team and will be majoring in finance at MIT.
Fernandez played high school tennis at the Westminster Christian School (WCS) and was an All-Dade selection in 2018-19 by the Miami Herald. She also won the 2019 WCS Scholar-Athlete Award and the Female Athlete of the Year Award while being named as a four-time Team MVP and earning All-Dade Second Team honors in back-to-back years. A 2018 State Singles Semifinalist, she is a two-time District Position I Singles Champion and a one-time Doubles Champion who earned seven varsity letters and was a three-time captain.
Perera, who played at San Marcos Senior High School, was a three-time All-League Champion and the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was a four-time varsity letter winner who was ranked in the top 20 Under 18 in Southern California, a team captain and a member of the National Honor Society.
Pertsemlidis played tennis at Stanford Online High School and finished the season ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2019 in Texas. A co-leader of the Comedy Club, she will be a biological engineering major at MIT.