July 15, 2013
Logan, Utah - Newly hired Utah State women's tennis coach Sean McInerney announced Monday the addition of two signees for the 2013-14 season.
Nini Guensler and Katie Sweet join the Aggies' women's tennis team along with fall signees Cassidy Branstine and Lexi Turley.
"My goal when taking over the program at Utah State was to add both talent and depth, and I feel that with the additions of Nini (Guenseler) and Katie (Sweet), along with Cassidy and Lexi, who signed in the early period will do just that," McInerney said.
Guensler, a native of Aliso Viejo, Calif., graduated from Aliso Niguel High School. She is a five-star recruit and is ranked 81st in the country, according to tennisrecruiting.net. She is also one of the top 30 recruits in the state of California.
"Nini is an extremely talented and hardworking player that I feel will make an immediate impact in our program. She has a burning desire to improve and compete at the highest level, which is what we need at Utah State to bring this program to the level we need to be in order to compete in the Mountain West," McInerney added.
Sweet, who hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, attended Cottonwood High School, is a three-star recruit, according to tennisrecruiting.net. She is among the top players in both the state of Utah and the Mountain Region. Her brother, Matthew, plays for the Utah State men's tennis squad.
"Katie is going to bring great enthusiasm and depth to our program. As I have gotten to know Katie, I have been very impressed with her as a potential student-athlete, and I feel she can really improve in our program and become a solid contributor and teammate," McInerney said.
McInerney is in his first season at USU after spending the past four years as the head women's tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee earning Horizon League Coach of the Year honors the past two seasons as he led the Panthers to back-to-back third-place conference finishes and its best two-year league win total in school history with 10 victories.
Utah State recently completed its final season in the Western Athletic Conference with a 5-2 loss to Idaho in the WAC Tournament held in Denver, Colo.
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2013 USU Women's Tennis Signees Cassidy Branstine* Orange, Calif. (Crean Lutheran High School) Nini Guensler Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Aliso Niguel High School) Katie Sweet Salt Lake City, Utah (Cottonwood High School) Lexi Turley * Kaysville, Utah (Davis High School)
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