Women's Tennis Signs Two
Dec. 4, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team announced the signing of two student-athletes that will make up the Wolfpack's incoming recruiting class. Ashleigh Capannolo and Tayla Stenta, both from Melbourne, Australia, will join NC State in the fall of 2014."We are very excited to have Ashleigh and Tayla join the Wolfpack," NC State head coach Hans Olsen said. "Throughout the recruiting process we have had the opportunity to get to know them well and feel like they are already a part of our team. They will each bring important qualities that will make an immediate impact to the program."
Capannolo comes to NC State as the No. 54 ranked player in Australia among all women's tennis amateurs and professionals. She is also the No. 9 ranked player in the Under 18's National Ranking and the No. 16 ranked player in Women's Open State.
Her career highlights include singles victories at the prestigious Grade Park Club Championships and the Griffith AMT Platinum Claycourt Tournament. Additionally, she has taken home a doubles victory in the Sky City Darwin Open and was a singles semifinalist in the Tasmanian Open and the Victorian Grass Court Championships.
She attended high school at Methodist Ladies College, where in 2007, she was awarded the MLC Junior School Sportswoman of the Year Award. Capannolo is interested in pursuing a degree in either business, marketing, public relations or communications at NC State.
Tayla Stenta also comes to Raleigh from Melbourne, Australia, having spent two months living and studying in Hamburg, Germany as well. She is listed as the No. 67 player overall in Australia among all women's tennis amateurs and professionals. She holds the No. 13 spot in the Under 18's National Ranking and is ranked No. 21 in the Women's Open State.
Stenta's career achievements include a singles victory in the Melbourne Spring Bowl Open and singles finalist showings in the September Shootout Open and the Australian Ranking Tournament. She reached the third and final round of the Australian Open Juniors in qualifying singles while also taking home the doubles title.
She attended high school at Presbyterian Ladies College where she was a member of the Athletics Team as well as a coach for the PLC senior tennis team. Moreover, she was awarded the PLC Academic Excellence Award for highest score in a Year-12 subject for Physical Education.