April 27, 2005

Women's Tennis Receives Commitment from Local Standout

April 27, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University head women's tennis coach Damon Coupe announced the addition of a third newcomer to the Bronco program this fall. Local product Stephanie Herrmann of Los Altos has committed to join the Bronco program next year. She will join two players Coupe signed to National Letters of Intent in the fall, Stephanie Galainena of Burr Ridge, Ill., and Samantha Georgino of Bakersfield.

Herrmann is from Pinewood School and is currently ranked 15th in USTA's NorCal rankings. Coupe said his latest addition will add depth to his roster after this year's squad loses All-West Coast Conference honorees Janalle Kaloi and Catherine Cochrane to graduation.

"Stephanie has a very well-rounded game that will help her to make the adjustment to collegiate tennis," Coupe added. "She looks to be offensive out on the court which is exactly what I look for in players. I look forward to working with Stephanie and seeing where we can take her game. She is a welcomed addition to our team."

Galainena is from Hinsdale South High School, and has been ranked as high as 76th nationally. Georgino is from Bakersfield High School, where she has won two Valley Singles Championships and was a part of the Central Sectionals Champion as a freshman and sophomore. She has been ranked as high as 28th in Southern California and in the top 125 nationally. Georgino was also honored as the 2003 USTA Most Improved for Southern California.

"Having three top recruits for next year will make this program extremely competitive. Having tough players to push each other every day only makes our team stronger," Coupe concluded.

Santa Clara (16-7) concluded its season last weekend with a fifth-place finish at the conference championship, led by All-WCC honoree Kelly Leathers. Santa Clara's 16 wins marked the most for the program since the 1997 season, a span of eight years, when those Broncos went 16-12. The Broncos' win percentage for this season was .696, just shy of the program best, .700 set in 1980, when SCU went 14-6. Additionally, the Broncos have posted .500 or better season for the past six years.