2013 A-Sun Champion Buccaneers welcome three players to fold for upcoming season
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 10, 2014) - Coming off an Atlantic Sun Championship title and NCAA Tournament appearance, the ETSU women's tennis team will add three players to the roster for the 2014-15 season: freshmen Jayde Viccars (Glen Waverley, Australia) and Ionna Markesini (Athens, Greece), and junior Reginka Nychytailova (Maripol, Ukraine).
Viccars will join the Buccaneers after enjoying a successful amateur playing career in Australia, in which she was ranked as high as No. 8 in Australia's junior rankings.
A member of the Victorian Pizzey Cup team in 2012 and 2013, Viccars won a total of five AMT career titles, most recently the 2014 Boroondara Summer AMT. Viccars also represented Waverley in the Asia-Pacific Tennis League, and qualified for the main draw of the WTA Mildura tournament.
A native of Glen Waverely, Australia, the addition of Viccars to the Bucs' roster broadens ETSU's global reach to include five of the world's seven continents. ETSU now features players from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
The Bucs will also welcome freshman Ionna Markesini to the fold this season.
Markesini, a native of Athens, Greece, carried a No. 2 junior ranking in Greece, and was tabbed ninth in Open Women Greece. She also competed in the Greek Tennis Federation Championships and Masters, and was honored by BNP Paribas with the Fair Play Award at the Junior Tennis Masters in Athens.
In addition, Merkesini reached a ranking of No. 1182 in the Women's Tennis Association in 2011, and a career-high doubles ranking of No. 1225 in 2012.
ETSU will also add junior Reginka Nychytailova to the roster.
Nychytailova played the last two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana University of the Southland Conference.
As a freshman at Southeastern, Nychytailova tied for second on the team in singles victories, posting a 16-9 mark while splitting time at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. In her two years at Southeastern, Nychytailova compiled an overall singles record of 28-15, and a doubles record of 22-9.
The Bucs will begin fall competition Friday, Sept. 12 as they take part in the Elon Fall Invitational in Elon, N.C.
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