DELAND, Fla. –The Stetson University women’s tennis team has announced the signing of Swede Arijana Korac and American Ashley Dean for the 2014-15 season. Korac is a native of Örebro, Sweden and Dean comes to DeLand from Bradenton, Fla. The duo will begin attending classes in the fall and add a dynamic component to the 2015 squad.
“To have players like Arijana and Ashley joining our program is another step in the right direction,” Director of Stetson Tennis Pierre Pilote said. “They are players that, when added to our returners and Alizee Michaud, will shape the future of our program for years to come”.
Korac and Dean will join Alizee Michaud, who signed on in November, as incoming freshmen in 2014-15. Michaud, an Orlando, Fla., native was ranked as high as No. 10 in the US and is currently No. 6 in the state of Florida among incoming freshmen.
Korac excelled on a national level during her final year of high school competition as she won the Swedish National Championship in doubles during 2014 and placed second in singles play. The soon-to-be Stetson freshman is currently carries a No. 6 ranking in her home country.
“Arijana keeps improving in the Swedish national ranking and her ascent is the kind that we look for in our players prior to joining our program,” Pilote added. “Her recent results in the national championship are testament of that.”
Korac’s other accolades include first place finishes at her school’s 2012 and 2013 conference championships as well as a second place doubles finish at the 2013 Swedish National Championships. She also finished fourth in singles during that same year.
Dean will begin play for Stetson with a number of honors already to her name. The Sunshine State native is currently ranked 847 in the world by the ITF and was 121st in the nation among high school seniors entering the 2014 season.
“Ashley is playing great tennis right now and I anticipate that she will keep improving,” Pilote said. “She has improved her ranking in the US by 60 positions in one month and her world ranking by 300 positions in the same time span.”
During the last two seasons, Dean compiled a 17-5 record in singles play and a 4-2 mark in doubles competition. She is currently rated the 23rd best player in the state of Florida.
“Ashley’s coach, Petar Danolic is doing wonders for her game, I expect her to continue her ascent this summer,” Pilote explained of his incoming freshman.
Dean has had a number of marquee wins during her high school career, including three singles victories over players in ranked in the United States’ Top 100.