Nov. 17, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Two five-star recruits, Julia Casselbury and Katya Vasilyev, will join the Boston College women's tennis team as incoming freshmen in 2012, head coach Nigel Bentley announced on Thursday. Both players have been consistently ranked in the top 45 nationally by tennisrecruiting.net.
"We are thrilled to have Julia Casselbury and Katya Vasilyev coming to Boston College next fall," Bentley said. "They both have been very successful on the national stage and I am confident they will have an immediate impact on our team. They are very hard workers on the tennis court and in the classroom; they are team players and want to compete for an ACC Championship. Along with being top quality players, they are also great people who will represent BC and our tennis program extremely well."
Casselbury, a senior at Lancaster Country Day School who hails from Lititz, Penn., is ranked 50th in the nation and third in the state of Pennsylvania. She is also 14th in the Middle Atlantic region. She is the three-time reigning PIAA Double-A state champion and Lancaster-Lebanon League girls' tennis flight 1 double-A singles champion. She has gone undefeated in her high school career, only falling in one set. Casselbury placed second at the National Open in 2009 and third at the USTA Regional tournament this past spring. She has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the 14 and 16 age group in the Middle States category and No. 2 in 18s.
Vasilyev, a Foster City, Calif., native is ranked 62nd, 12th in California and 14th in the Southwest. She won the NorCal BG 18-16 Sectional Championship as the second seed after defeating Mary Closs, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in June 2011. She also took the Peninsula Athletic League Single Championship title as a freshman at Burlingame High School in 2008 in a three-set win. She also earned the No. 1 spot in the 16 and 18 age group in Northern California and is an honor roll student at Burlingame.