June 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s tennis team signed three newcomers for the 2013-14 season. The Boilermakers add some of the top talent from three different continents including South America, North America, and Australia. Nicole Robinson, Natalia Davila, and Andjela Djokovic each returned their letter of intent to Purdue, head coach Laura Glitz announced.
“I’m excited about this recruiting class first because I think they are all great players and will help our program grow, but more importantly I believe they all have great character,” head coach Laura Glitz said. “We have had two good seasons back to back and I want to make that jump to the next level. I believe this recruiting class is the right fit to take our program to that next level.”
The three newcomers look to boost a lineup that returns six of its seven student-athletes from the 2013 season. They will also look to fill in for recently-graduated Gisella Pere who was the team’s wins leader after a stellar year at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.
Below is a look at each of the three newcomers.
Nicole Robinson – West Palm Beach, Fla. – FLVS
Robinson has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the country for the 2013 recruiting class, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN). She has played the majority of her tennis on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. Robinson has been ranked as high as No. 822 in the world for singles and No. 687 for doubles. She teamed with current Northwestern Wildcat Veronica Corning in doubles several times including in 2011 in the Quito 10k where the duo won the doubles championship with four straight-set victories. Robinson also advanced to four doubles semifinals and three finals. The West Palm Beach native has made two semifinal appearances in singles. She had a career-high victory over the No. 420 player in the world when she defeated Ekaterine Gorgodze in the ITF Fort Walton Beach 25k. During her junior tennis days, Robinson won a Gold Ball at the 16s Clay Court Nationals in doubles when she was 14-years old. She also won back-to-back Florida state titles in doubles.
“Nicole brings a wealth of experience to Purdue,” Glitz said. “She has competed all over the world and is used to playing at a high level which will be beneficial as we move to take our program to the next level.”
Natalia Davila – Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia – Santa Cruz International School
Davila is ranked as the No. 4 player in Bolivia. She has been ranked as high as No. 463 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings. She was selected to the Bolivian Fed Cup team in 2012. She also made the Orange Bowl Qualifying Draw and won her opening match. Davila won the 2012 Chuquiago Junior Open in La Paz, Bolivia, with four straight-set victories last fall. She advanced to five consecutive semifinals to begin her 2010 ITF season. Davila also competed in the South American Cups in 2006, 2008, and 2010 as well as the Junior World Cups in 2008 and 2010. She competed in Odesur in 2010 and was ranked as high as No. 6 in CoSAT that year.
“Natalia possesses a lot of weapons in her game and I feel that her game has a lot of room to grow,” said Glitz. “Her versatility makes her a great singles and doubles player and I believe she will improve a lot in college.”
Andjela Djokovic – Brisbane, Australia – Queensland Academy for Science, Math, and Technology
Djokovic is ranked as the No. 68 player in Australia. She won the 2012 Solinco George Alder AMT in August of 2012 in singles and doubles. The Brisbane native advanced to the finals of the 2013 Horizon Accounting Toowoomba 83rd Eastern Gold Cup AMT in March. She won three matches all in straight sets to make those finals. Djokovic also won the doubles title at the Tennyson Classic last month. She has made it to three doubles semifinals and one final in the last year. Djokovic has advanced to the semifinals in singles three times since 2012. She was also a member of the New Zealand Junior Fed Cup team. The incoming freshman won the State Secondary School Championships and didn’t drop a single team match at nationals at No. 1 singles or No. 1 doubles.
“Andjela hits hard, flat groundstrokes and takes the ball early so I believe her game is suited for the indoor Big Ten season,” added the Purdue head coach. “Andjela also possesses great work ethic and drive and I am looking forward to working with her.”
The three newcomers will be on campus in the fall semester and begin classes and fall tennis. They join a team that is coming off back-to-back record-breaking seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances.