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Women's Tennis Signs Four

Coach Mark Beckham likes the diverse styles his recruiting class brings to the table.

Coach Mark Beckham likes the diverse styles his recruiting class brings to the table.

Dec. 3, 2008

The University of Louisville women's tennis team signed four athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent announced Cardinal head coach Mark Beckham. Stefanie Villajuan of La Mirada, Calif., Mandy Brown of Mequon, Wisc., Ashley Irvin of Brisbane, Australia and Louise Noe of Lyngby, Denmark will continue their college careers at U of L.

"I am very happy with this recruiting class, we went all over the world to bring these players in," said Beckham. "A lot of recognition needs to go to my assistant, Stefan Naughton, he did a really good job of finding players with different game styles but also have a track record of winning a lot of matches. We have set up a very good foundation for the Women's tennis team to continue to improve in the future."

Ashley Irvin comes to U of L from Brisbane, Australia by way of Tyler Junior College and will be eligible in January for the dual season. She played Flight 2 at the Junior College Nationals and earned All-American Team Finalist for singles. In the spring of last year, she won Regionals and was Southwest Region Singles Women's Champion. At nationals, she placed 4th in the Nation for Junior College Women. Last fall, she was named to the All-American Team and won 2008 Player of the year for her Region and for the nation.

"Ashley is going to be joining the team in January, which will be a huge help to our current team," said Beckham. "She is a JC All-American, so she brings a lot of experience to our team."

Stefanie Villajuan helped lead her high school team to the quarters of CIF California Interscholastic Federation). Also, her team played in the All-American Tournament in last October and she was awarded the All- American Tournament Player from one of twelve girls

"Stefanie is under the radar a little bit, she isn't well known but she is a very good player," said Beckham. "She is an aggressive baseliner that reminds me a lot of Robyn White from last year's team."



Mandy Brown finished with No. 1 ranking for doubles in the Midwest Section Girls 18's in 2007. She finished with No. 6 ranking for singles in the Midwest Section Girls 18's in 2007 as well. Her Girls 18's National Ranking peaked at No. 37 and she was a ranked doubles player individually National (2007) and No. 91 in singles 2007.She was the Midwest Closed Girls 18's Doubles Champion in 2007 and is a two-time Girls 18's Interscholastics Doubles Finalist in 2007 and 2008.

"Mandy is an all-court player that will make an immediate impact on the team in both singles and doubles. Her potential is unlimited," said Beckham.

Louise Noe was ranked No. 5 in under 18'S in Denmark and No. 10 in Senior Women's in Denmark. She placed second in singles at Junior Nationals and first place in doubles at Junior Nationals this past summer

"Louise is one of the top ten women players in all of Denmark," said Beckham. "she is also an accomplished doubles player, which is very important in college tennis. I also like the fact that she is left-handed and likes coming to the net to finish a lot of her points."

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