Women's Tennis Signs Six To NLIs

Dec. 5, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's tennis team signed six players to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by Head Coach Kyle LaBranche. The six players that will comprise the class of 2018 are Katherine DeNucci, Grace Biciunas, Katie Rose Marvin, Brooke Burnside, Nicole Cyterski, and Emma Burgess. All six signees will look to compete for the Friars for the 2014 fall tennis season.

DeNucci comes to Providence from Glastonbury, Conn. and has finished with-in the top-15 in New England for both the 16 and 18 age groups. DeNucci has participated in various national tournaments, including the "zonal" team for New England in both the 14 and 16 age groups. She was also the recipient of the USTA New England Sportsmanship Award. DeNucci has played the No. 1 singles position for the Glastonbury High School Girls Tennis Team since her freshman year. During her sophomore year, DeNucci was named the Hartford Courant "Player of the Year." DeNucci is the daughter of Providence alumni Matthew and Jennifer DeNucci. Her father Matthew played tennis for former Head Coach Carl LaBranche in his time at Providence.

"Katherine will be a great addition to our program.," LaBranche shared. "It's great to keep the Friar tradition going with the DeNucci family, and I know Katherine is excited to get her chance to contribute to the Providence tennis program."

Biciunas hails from Norwell, Mass. and currently attends Notre Dame Academy, where she plays the No. 1 singles position. Biciunas helped her team capture the Catholic Conference title both years that she played. She is a two-time member of the Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Team, ranked sixth in Massachusetts on tennisrecruiting.net and 20th in USTA New England 18s. Biciunas is a member of the Junior Classical League at her school, and earned magna cum laude on the National Latin Exam two years in a row. She is the daughter of Peter and Margaret Biciunas and has an older sister, Julia and an older brother, Mark. "Grace's enthusiasm for Providence has been clear since our first conversation," LaBranche commented on Biciunas addition. "She has a lot of athleticism and potential to get even better at the collegiate level."



Marvin is a native of Potomac, Md. and currently attends the Connelly School of the Holy Child. Marvin was the school's first tennis player in 27 years to make the finals of the Washington DC Independent School League. Marvin played the No. 1 singles position in each of the past four years, is a team captain, and was selected to the Washington DC ISL All-League Team. Along with her partner, Marvin won the 2012 Maryland State Doubles Championship. A National Honors Society member, she is an active school leader and participates in many extracurricular events. Marvin is the daughter of Tim and Tricia Marvin and has two older brothers, John and Joe, who attend University of Utah and Pennsylvania State University, respectively.

"One thing we love about Katie is her experience and passion for doubles," LaBranche added on Marvin's signing. "Doubles is a huge part of the college game and not all juniors have the experience that Katie has developed."

Burnside is the furthest signee, hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. Burnside is the daughter of Stephanie and Brian Burnside and has one brother, Andrew, who is a freshman at Emory University. Burnside attends West High School, where she was recognized as the team's MVP all four years. She won the region championship for the No. 1 singles position both her junior and senior years and is ranked in the top-30 in the Intermountain section. Burnside is a member of National Honor Society and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America.).

"We are excited to have Brooke joining us all the way from Utah," LaBranche shared. "She has loved Providence College since her first visit and we're thrilled to add a player from the tough Intermountain section."

Cyterski is from Pittsburgh, Pa., where she was the captain for the Oakland Catholic varsity tennis team and played the No. 1 singles position all four years. Cyterski reached as high as 126 nationally on tennisrecruiting.net. She was a three-time WPIAL singles qualifier and a silver medalist in the PIAA state doubles tournament. Cyterski is a member of the National Honors Society, the Joan of Arc Society, and maintained highest honors all four years. Cyterski is the daughter of Len and Lisa Cyterski and has two sisters, Megan and Natalie, as well as one brother, Mark. She will be a member of the Honors Program at Providence and plans to study Biology.

"Nicole is a very smart young woman, who will be a great representative for our team on the court and in the classroom," LaBranche added on Cyterski's commitment. "She has a tremendous amount of experience playing against some very strong competition, and that will serve her well in the tough BIG EAST conference."

Burgess is a native of Huntsville, Ala. Burgess trained full-time for a year and a half at Saviano High Performance Tennis in south Florida before returning home to Alabama this year. While playing junior tournament tennis, Burgess competed in the Orange Bowl qualifier twice, the National Hard Courts and National Clay Courts in the 16s and 18s. In her home state of Alabama, Burgess is currently second-ranked in the 18s division. With a 4.3 cumulative grade point average, Burgess will join Cyterski in the Honors Program at Providence, where she plans to major in computer science. She is the daughter of Greg and Teri Burgess and has one younger brother, Will.

"Emma is a strong player who could make an immediate impact on our team," LaBranche shared on the addition of Burgess. "She is another very intelligent young woman with a lot of drive, and it's always fun to work with that type of player."


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