NORMAN – University of Oklahoma women’s tennis coach Audra Cohen announced the signings of five new Sooners to the class of 2018 Friday. In her second recruiting class, Cohen has secured three players with top-200 career-high ITF rankings.
Martina Capurro, Jasmine Asghar, Laura Rico-Garcia, Ivana Corley and Kianah Motosono have all signed with the Sooners, with Capurro and Asghar joining the roster in January. Rico-Garcia, Corley and Motosono will arrive on campus next August.
“While this group is incredibly talented and highly rated, what we are most excited about is their unified core values,” said Cohen.
“They are strong characters with a work ethic that has shown to remain resilient in moments of adversity, and they are all leaders in different ways. This combined with their love for OU will make for an exciting future for the program. We are very thankful to the many people that have helped each one of these young women grow as players and people into the person they are today, and we are dedicated to continuing that growth as they join our Sooner family.”
Buenos Aires, Argentina (El Sistema de Educación a Distancia del Ejército Argentino)
- WTA career-high ranking of 581
- Reached four ITF 15K Pro semifinals
- Finalist at the 15K San Lorenzo tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Former No. 1 junior player in Argentina
- Played Interclub tennis in France and went undefeated
"I chose Oklahoma because it is an excellent place that has everything to train like a professional and I also like the coaches that lead the training. Besides, I have a friend who plays for the team and I think that together with her and the team we will have an excellent performance."
Cohen on Capurro:
“Martina is going to be a great asset to our program. She brings a wealth of experience from her time playing on the international circuit. She is an explosive athlete with great racket head speed and an incredible work ethic that will immediately impact the program. This summer, I visited with Martina in Argentina where I was extremely impressed with her determination to be successful as a student and an athlete. Her appreciation for this opportunity is humbling and inspiring.”
London, England (Tyler Junior College)
London, England (Tyler Junior College)
- ITF Junior career-high ranking of 108
- 2017 NJCAA Singles National Champion
- 2017 NJCAA Team National Championship
- Named to the 2017 ITA All-Star team
- ITF singles and doubles winner in Cyprus
- ITF doubles winner in Turkey and Nottingham
- British U18 National Champion
- Three junior Wimbledon appearances
“I chose Oklahoma because of its excellent academics and its brilliant tennis program. I love the team they have and their amazing coaches Audra Cohen and Amy Sargent. I’m looking forward to working with them.”
Cohen on Asghar:
“We are very excited about adding Jasmine to our Sooner family. She is one of the most down to earth, humble players I have ever recruited and she has earned this opportunity. Her time at Tyler Junior College has given her collegiate tennis and team leadership experience that will be vital for the future of our program. While she isn’t very big physically, she packs a mean punch from everywhere on the court, and this combined with her resilience makes us excited for her future. She will undoubtedly leave her heart on court for the team and this university.”
Bogotá, Colombia (Liceo Boston)
- ITF Junior career-high ranking of 108
- COSAT No. 1 ranking
- Represented South America in two Europeans tours
- Two-time medalist at the South American Youth games
“I liked the undergraduate degrees programs, and the tennis team helps me to become the athlete that I want to be. Audra and Amy make me feel like I am in home and I am very excited to learn from them.”
Cohen on Rico-Garcia:
“Laura comes from a very tight-knit family that has instilled in her humility and hard work. She is a sweet and shy young lady off the court, and on court she is a great competitor that battles for each point. She has a huge forehand and great all-court game that will certainly help us in singles and doubles. She also has a lot of experience playing on the COSAT team and representing Colombia in the South American Youth games. This team experience, combined with her close-knit family life, make her a great asset to our Sooner family. We are excited to see her grow within our program and achieve success both on and off the court.”
Albuquerque, New Mexico (New Mexico Connections Academy/competed for Eldorado High School)
- TennisRecruiting.net Blue Chip Recruit – No. 22 nationally
- Four-time New Mexico Class 6A State Champion – 2015 singles, 2016 singles, 2017 doubles, 2017 team titles at Eldorado
- USTA Level 1 Gold Ball Winner
- Austin and Edmonton ITF Grade 4 singles finalist
- San Jose ITF Grade 4 doubles champion
- Vancouver ITF Grade 2 doubles champion
- Earned WTA Women’s Professional Status at the 2017 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
“I chose Oklahoma for several reasons. The coaching staff, Audra Cohen and Amy Sargeant are extremely knowledgeable and very accomplished as players themselves, and I felt that they would continue to develop my game and take me to the next level. I fell in love with the campus and facilities at OU – it is a top-notch university and I felt the most at home there. I also felt that the campus and environment was a place that will allow me to focus on my education, while also allowing me to compete at a high level athletically. OU is a place with a strong knit community. I’ve found that as I travel across the country for tennis, when I run into someone who is or was a Sooner, they immediately reach out to you and make you feel welcome.”
Cohen on Corley:
“Ivana is exactly the kind of person we want in our program, unselfish, supportive and a player who represents OU with pride. She’s the eldest of four talented young women and natural leader that will hold her peers to a higher standard. She grew up around college tennis at the University of New Mexico tennis program where she was a part of the Lobo Tennis Academy. This has given her a keen understanding of what college tennis dual matches are like and the importance of being an all-court, tenacious competitor in both doubles and singles. She has a big serve and an all court game that can finish points at the net comfortably, distinguishing her from other Blue Chip recruits. The resources at OU, included with her mindset and game style, will help her to have an immediate impact in college tennis.”
Miami, Florida (Club Med Academies)
- ITF career-high ranking of 173
- Panama Bowl Grade 4 ITF Singles & Doubles Champion
- TIHTA Aruba Grade 4 ITF Singles & Doubles Champion
- Copa Gogo Grade 5 ITF Singles Champion
- Played in the 2017 Junior US Open’s qualifying draw, where she advanced to the second round
- Lion Cup Grade 3 ITF Doubles Champion
“I chose Oklahoma because of the incredible atmosphere and all the details thought out and support for all the student-athletes. Also, I love the coaches and the team and feel like it is a place where I can grow as not only an athlete but a person as well with the right guidance.”
Cohen on Motosono:
“One thing we continuously look for in each recruit is how much room there is to improve. Kianah has shown immense improvement in the last year on the junior circuit and this is because of her gritty competitiveness. She is determined to achieve success both on and off the court, and she sees the speed bumps on her route to success as opportunities to grow. She is a great athlete with a lot of racket head speed and all court skills, as well as a mindset makes her stand out from other recruits. We are excited she chose to continue her growth at OU.”
The Sooners will open spring dual play in January. The schedule will be released at a later date.
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