Feb. 26, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown women's tennis coach Paul Wardlaw, now in his fourth season as the Bears' mentor, has announced his 2012 recruiting class. Wardlaw will welcome five new faces in the fall of 2008, including four five-star recruits, as the class is ranked 10th in the country by Tennisrecruiting.net. The Bears' class received 310 votes and is one of four Ivy League classes to be ranked in the top-25, joining Princeton (1), Harvard (8), and Columbia (21). The Class of 2012 consists of Carissa Aboubakare, Julie Flanzer, Cassandra Herzberg, Jennifer Lee, and Catherine Stewart.
"I'm excited about the 2012 class," said Wardlaw. "They bring tremendous playing credentials and experience to our program. Most important, they are excellent students and wonderful people. With the addition of this class, we will be in a position to contend annually for the Ivy Title and NCAA Tournament bid."
A native of Orange, CA, Aboubakare will join older sister Bianca, currently a freshman at Brown, on the team. In 2006, the younger Aboubakare was ranked as high as #48 in the country and teamed with Bianca in doubles action where they were ranked as high as #2 in the country as a doubles team. A native of Highland Park, IL, Flanzer earned a career-high national ranking of #32 and a career-high RPI of #14. Herzberg, who hails from Miami Beach, FL, will join the Bears with a career-high national ranking of #32 as well and a career-high RPI of #35. Lee comes to Brown from Sudbury, MA and will join older brother Chris, a junior on the Bears' men's tennis team, as a member of the Brown tennis family. She has a career-high national ranking of #61 and a career-high RPI of #28. A native of Sewickley, PA, Stewart has been ranked as high as #65 in the nation and as high as #26 in the RPI.