Dec. 3, 2008
Head Coach Kyle LaBranche announced Marisela Aviles and Courtney Burek signed National Letters of Intent, becoming the first additions to the women’s tennis team under the first-year coach. The two recruits became Friars during the early signing period in November.
Marisela Aviles will be coming to Providence from Honduras, where she was the top-ranked junior in the country. In addition to being the top player in her country, Aviles also boasts a world ranking in the 700s. Her athletic ability has been demonstrated in other sports as well, particularly basketball. She was recently given a special award for becoming the first basketball player ever to win the National Championship, lead the tournament in scoring, and be named MVP for six consecutive years. On a tennis court she has represented Honduras proudly in tournaments around the world. She was also selected to represent her country in an international leadership program which has taken her to Prague, London, and Washington D.C.
Courtney Burek hales from the Chicago area where she has earned an impressive national ranking. Burek was the top player at her high school for all four years and won her conference championship this past season. She will continue the family tradition of Big East Tennis, as her older sister was a top player at the University of Connecticut. Like Aviles, Burek is also an exceptional student, as she is a member of the National Honor Society.
Coach LaBranche believes both young women will represent the program proudly on and off the court, for the next four years.