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posted on 5/1/09
Sanderson Signs Three Women to 09 Squad
Saint Joseph's College head women's tennis coach Reggie Sanderson is delighted to announce the signing of three tennis players to National Letters of Intent.
Kara Paroubek/De Pere, Wis./De Pere
Under coach Stephanie Lehnert at De Pere High School, Kara qualified for sectionals the last three seasons. She was selected to the all-conference team and was awarded with Brown County Awards the last three years. Her senior year she played number one singles, was team captain, and selected MVP by the coaches.
As a tournament player Kara has achieved a district ranking and sectional ranking in United States Tennis Association.
"Kara is a very talented athlete," said head coach Reggie Sanderson. "I believe I found a diamond in the rough. Being from Wisconsin I knew little about Kara, but I was immediately impressed by her when she came for her visit. Kara is a great athlete, has a great personality, and her tennis strokes are tremendous. She has room to improve her game here and I don't think it will take long for her to impact our program. She is a great student and will excel at Saint Joseph's College. I look forward to working with Kara the next four years."
Kara is the daughter of Tom and Lynn Paroubek.
Katee Sanderson/Wheatfield, Ind./Penn Foster
Katee played at Michigan City High School for two seasons under Coach Norm Bruemer. At Michigan City, Sanderson compiled a 40-4 record at number one singles. She was named team MVP (2007-08), first team all-Duneland conference (2007-08), Duneland Conference MVP (2007-08), second team All-State in 2007, and has a undefeated record all-time in conference. She became the first singles player in school history to be named first team All-State in 2008.
While Sanderson played number one at Michigan City, the team won the DAC conference both seasons, sectionals both seasons, regionals both seasons, and advanced to the semi-state finals in 2008. Overall the team compiled a 35-2 overall record, losing only at semi-state both seasons with Sanderson at number one singles.
In USTA tournament play, Sanderson won the Northern Indiana Championship Qualifier in 2008. She has represented the district at the Midwest Closed Championship six straight years. She has also played for the District Cup team, including the 18 and under team at Ball State University in 2008. She has finished ranked number one in the district twice, including 2008. She has been ranked in the top 40 in the Midwest and top 300 in the nation.
"Despite being my daughter Katee was not an automatic signing for us," said coach Sanderson. "Katee was highly recruited by several colleges and decided Saint Joseph's College was the right fit academically as well as athletically. I am truly blessed to have Katee coming to play for us. I am looking forward to four great years and I am certain she will make a positive impact on our program."
Katee is the daughter of Reggie and Aimee Sanderson.
Heather Esker/Effingham, Ill./Saint Anthony
Under coach Yale Reynolds, Saint Anthony High School has over 135 consecutive dual match wins and have been Sectional Champions all four years of Esker's high school career. She helped Saint Anthony to the an IHSTCA Small Schools State Champions her junior year, and IHSAA State 10th Place Finish freshman and sophomore year.
As a high school player Esker holds the Saint Anthony School record for most career doubles wins. A team captain all four years, Esker earned Most Valuable Player honors her last season. She won sectionals doubles titles all four years, IHSA Honorable Mention All-State sophomore year, IHSA second team All-State junior and senior year.
Heather is also an accomplished USTA tournament player, reaching the Midwest Championship several times, representing Southern Indiana in the Davis/Whitman Cup, and achieving a district, sectional, and national ranking.
"Heather is certainly the most accomplished high school player I have ever recruited and signed," said coach Sanderson. "Her academic accomplishments are just as strong, making her a perfect fit at Saint Joseph's College. I am looking forward to four great years with Heather. Her doubles experience is her strong point, which is so important at the college level. I can see Heather making an immediate impact on our program and being a team leader in the future. "
Heather is the daughter of Louis and Darlene Esker.