Meet women’s tennis rising stars

By Jamison Schroeder

Medical Mutual Tennis Bubble, Cleveland State University, By: Molly Bregar

Recruiting season has arrived for the Cleveland State University women’s tennis team. The team is bringing on three recruits, Filippa Frogner, Tereze Vevere, and Oihane Vicario for the fall 2021 season. 

Filippa Frogner from Oslo, Norway was ranked number six in the entire country for U18 in addition to several second and third-place finishes in the Norwegian Championship. Coach Polito is elated to have the chance to train Filippa this upcoming fall semester. He believes her skill level will only go up now that she is focused solely on tennis after making a tough decision to drop soccer.

“After my first video call with coach Polito, I knew Cleveland State was the right place for me. I fell in love with the idea of a big city school that had it all: Good academics, friendly people, a beautiful campus, great sports, and of course a competitive tennis team with a nice coach.” Frogner says.

Tereze Vevere coming all the way from Riga, Latvia. Vevere won the Latvian Championship in August of this year. She is a top-20 player in Latvia U18 and has a number of podium finishes in U14 and U16 tournaments under her belt. Vevere also has a connection to the women’s team here at Cleveland State being coached under the same guise of another tennis great, Klara Mrcela. As for why she chose Cleveland State, Tereze stated:

“My former coach suggested Cleveland State University as a good option to improve my tennis game and keep education on a high level. Also, I think the location is great!”

Another recruit, Oihane Vicario, hails from Oion/Alaba, Spain. She is a five-time Statal Champion and has been a semifinalist another five times in national tournaments around Spain. Her experience in national tournaments led coach Polito to believe she is well prepared for Division I tennis at the collegiate level.

All three recruits add talent to an already impressive women’s tennis team that should lead to an exciting and successful 2021-2022 season. It will be exciting to watch the new Vikings be a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.

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