Women's Tennis Welcomes a Pair of Newcomers

UMBC head tennis coach Rob Hubbard announced today that freshman Isabel Aldunate and graduate student Shalini Sahoo will compete for the Retrievers in the 2011-12 academic year.

Aldunate is a 4-star recruit (tennisrecruiting.net) and has been ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. juniors.


The native of Bowie, Md. recently competed in two ITA Summer Circuit events, one at Penn State and the other at Mary Washington University where she had excellent results against current college players and incoming freshmen. At Penn State, on July 1-4, she reached the quarterfinals, upsetting the No. 6 seed Sarah Kandath, 7-5, 6-2 (4-Star recruit, ranked top 50 in the nation, signed with Brown) before losing to eventual tournament winner, Stony Brook junior Aylin Mehter, 6-3, 6-4.


At Mary Washington on July 16-18, Aldunate Isabel reached the semifinals upsetting the No. 7 seed, Tufts junior Lindsay Katz (current junior and #2 player for Tufts) and St. Jospeh's Kelly Mulquin. She fell, 7-5, 6-2, to Grace Baker (4-star recruit for College of Charleston), 7-5, 6-2.


"Isabel is not only one of the top players coming out of Maryland, but is also a national recognized competitor," Hubbard said.  "As a freshman, she should immediately be challenging for a spot in the starting line-up."

Aldunate won the Texas Open national tournament in 2009. She has competed in ITF Tournaments in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Peru over the past two years.  

Sahoo competed for two seasons at TCU, producing an outstanding senior campaign in 2010-11. She compiled a record of 16-10 overall and 14-7 during spring matches, including winning streaks of five and six matches. Her Horned Frog teammates honored Sahoo with the Most Improved Player Award.

The New Dehli, India native has experienced success on the international level, reaching high positions of No. 623 in singles and No. 891 in doubles in the WTF world rankings in the spring of 2009. She earned her degree in sociology, with a minor in anthropology at TCU and will pursue a master's degree in applied sociology at UMBC.