HAMMOND, La. – Three top junior players will continue their athletic and academic endeavors as members of the Southeastern Louisiana women’s tennis program, SLU head coach Jason Hayes announced on Monday.
The newest Lions are Katya Cornejo (Aguascalientes, Mexico), Jiva de Veer (Badhoevedorp, Netherlands) and Ximena Yanez (Queretaro, Mexico). Hayes believes the new trio of freshmen can be immediate positive impacts on and off the court for Southeastern.
“We’re very excited to have this group join us and we’re eager to work with them,” Hayes said. “Katya, Jiva and Ximena were exactly what we’re looking for in future Lions. All three are not only top level players, but outstanding young women that will continue to uphold our program’s standards of heart and character.”
In Cornejo and Yanez, SLU adds two of the top young players in all of Mexico. Cornejo is the No. 1 ranked junior in her home country, while Yanez is currently No. 3 and has been as high as second. Both are eager to join the Lion family.
“I’m so excited to be a Lion and be part of the women’s tennis team at Southeastern,” Cornejo said. “I’m looking forward to being part of the team and having the best years of my life. Go Lions!”
Yanez echoed many of her country mate’s sentiments.
“I’m very happy with my final decision and am very excited to work with Coach Hayes and my future teammates,” Yanez said. “I thank every single person who helped me reach the great achievement of being part of a collegiate tennis team, especially my parents for all their support. I can’t wait for the best and most interesting four years of my life at Southeastern.”
Rounding out the 2017-18 class is de Veer. She has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the Dutch junior rankings and 86th among all women in the Netherlands.
“I’m so excited to be part of the women’s tennis team at Southeastern,” de Veer said. “I can’t wait to get there this fall and join the team.”
2017-18 Southeastern Louisiana Women’s Tennis Additions
Katya Cornejo – Fr. – Aguascalientes, Mexico
Jiva de Veer – Fr. – Badhoevedorp, Netherlands
Ximena Yanez – Fr. – Queretaro, Mexico