Frusci adds four new faces

Frusci adds four new faces

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's and women's tennis teams announce the addition of two newcomers a piece entering the 2015-16 school year.

Head Coach Chris Frusci has brought on Natalia Siedliska and Madeleine Gauthier to the women's team.

Siedliska, a native of Freigericht, Germany, comes to Saint Leo with a bold résumé on the court. She racked up seven $10,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) professional tournament doubles titles and one singles title. She also boasts a career-high singles ranking of 626 in the world, and a 412 ranking in doubles.

"Natalia brings the talent and work ethic that we desperately need this year," Frusci said of the newcomer. "With the loss of three line-up players, we were looking for someone to come in right away and fill the void at the top of the line-up. She has as much international experience that a true freshman can have and this will be key when facing the toughest competition in the country. Specifically, her doubles results at an International level have been exceptional and this is an area of primary focus for us at the moment. The sky is the limit for Natalia as her ambition is to continue to play professional after her college career."

Gauthier brings a mixed bag of experience to the program. Born in The Woodlands, Texas, Gauthier moved to Dubai, India during high school and earned more international experience there. While in Dubai, Gauthier received a wild card draw to a $75,000 ITF professional tournament. She also holds a career-high junior ranking of 898 in the world.

"The combination of national and international experience is extremely important as a freshman," Frusci commented, "Madeleine will come into her first year knowing a little more of what to expect. She has competed against various levels and embraces the challenge of playing against top competition. We were fortunate to have her on a visit here because her ranking does not reflect the talent and work ethic that she brings. We look for her to push the girls and be an impact player for us immediately."

On the men's side, Frusci adds Montijo, Spain native Alberto Barroso-Campos and local product Max Azzarelli.

Azzarelli, a native of Tampa, Fla., comes to Saint Leo from Jesuit High. While there, Azzarelli was a part of a squad that made it to four-straight state tournaments, and won four district titles. In his senior season, he earned the No.1 singles position, but due to injury, focused on No. 1 doubles. With his partner, the duo advanced to the state tournament doubles semifinals. He earned Tampa Bay Times All-Second Team and All-Hillsborough County Honorable Mention.

"Max has been accustomed to Florida tennis conditions his entire life, and this is something that takes a while for players to adjust to," Frusci said of the Floridian. "He's been trained by some of the best coaches in Florida and has a true passion for the game. He will definitely push our lower line-up guys on and off the court. The fact that he is the only American, let alone a Tampa resident is very important for the support of the program. We look forward to his family, friends and coaches coming to support us."

Barroso-Campos brings an illustrious prep career to the Lions roster. The 5-foot-10 righty boasts a career-high juniors ranking of 62nd in the world. He has won several Grade 4 doubles titles, a Grade 2 title in Spain in 2014, and a Grade 1 title in Germany in 2013. Barroso-Campos competed in the 2014 Junior French Open in both doubles and singles. In singles competition, he advanced to the main draw round of 32. He also proudly boast a 3-0 all-time record over Spain's Jaume Munar, the No. 3 junior in the world.

"Alberto will be an impact player from the first day," Frusci stated. "He has tons of International experience and is regarded as one of the best players in Spain for his age. He will most certainly be atop the doubles and singles line-up for us. I am excited to see him in action as I believe he has the ability to be an All-American as a freshman. His mind set is that of a professional in the way he conducts himself, which is very rare for a 19 year-old."

"I believe we have a good balance between veteran leadership and freshman talent. The biggest adjustment for freshmen is to gain confidence because they are competing against college players who are developed and experienced. I believe that we have brought in accomplished freshmen with a ton of experience that will help make this transition smooth. I looking forward to them making an immediate impact and that will be an important part of the teams' successes."