ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s tennis team signed three players who have signed National Letter of Intents and will enroll this fall at Georgia State. The three signees hail from three different countries: Germany, the Czech Republic and Madagascar.
"We are thrilled with the signing of these three players for next fall,” interim head coach Robin Stephenson said. “We have a vision as to where this program is headed and all three of these players fit into our philosophy and will make an immediate impact on and off the court. I couldn't be more pleased with this class and I know that they will help take the Georgia State women's tennis program to new heights."
Rosolomalala hails from Antananarivo, Madagascar and attended Clapham High School in South Africa. She played her freshman season at Georgia Perimeter College and will continue to play her sophomore season there. On Oct. 12, 2013, Rosolomalala won the JUCO draw singles championship at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. In the same tournament, she took the runner-up trophy in the “Super Bowl” championship match that would have sent her the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York. Rosolomalala and her partner also fell in the finals of the doubles championship of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.
She ended her freshman season ranked third in the nation by the ITA. That same year, she was also awarded GCAA Most Valuable Player for 2013. Rosolomalala was ranked as high as No. 85 in the ITF world junior rankings, and is currently the top JUCO player in the country.
"Niri has proven herself to be a top 100 junior player in the world and has since found her way to the top of the JUCO rankings as a member of Georgia Perimeter's team,” Stephenson said. “She is a winner and knows what it takes to be successful. Her experience, her character and her desire to be the best she can be will be huge assets to our team."
Golanova comes to Georgia State from the Czech Republic. In 2008, she was finished in first place in the Czech Republic Championship for 14-16 year-olds. In 2011, she finished in third place in the Czech Republic Championship for 16-18 year-olds. She was a member of the TK Deza Valoske Meziriei club team. Gaolanova has held various rankings in the Czech Republic tennis circuit including her best of 25th in 2011. She is currently 75th and her best performance came in 2009 at the kid’s cup in Paris where she was the singles winner.
"Veronika is a worker and she will push the team every day,” Stephenson said. “Her personality and excitement to play college tennis is infectious and we can't wait to have her on campus. With her game style and her attitude, she will come to Georgia State and make an immediate impact for our program."
Rehse hails from Hofheim, Germany. In her juniors career in Germany, she has defeated five ranked opponents, including Nos. 83, 95, 98, 100 and 107. In 2011, she had two first place finishes. In 2013, she earned three women’s titles. Rehse was a member of the Hochheimer Ski and Tennis Club and played in the highest league, the Hessenliga.
"Kristin is exactly what we need in a freshman next year,” Stephenson said. “She is a team player, an extremely hard worker and has a very professional attitude. Her results over the past six months have been outstanding and she will flourish as a tennis player and person in the college tennis setting."
The Panthers return five players for the 2013-14 season behind the leadership of senior All-American Abigail Tere-Apisah. Georgia State enters its second season in the Sun Belt and advanced to the finals its first year with the SBC.