Patriots tennis adds three
Francis Marion University women’s tennis coach Garth Thomson has announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent: 5-7 Camryn Cassetori of Plains, Pa., 5-10 Viktoria Leth of Gothenburg, Sweden, and 5-6 Nargiza Yakhyaeva of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The trio will enroll this fall.
Cassetori is a product of Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School (PALCS) and Holy Redeemer High School. She has played under the direction of coaches Don Cassetori and Joseph Suchocki. A three-time All-Conference selection, she won the 2018 District II AA doubles championship, while reaching the semifinals in singles play. She was the first district/ state qualifier in school history, and she earned team most valuable player recognition on three occasions.
Leth is a product of LM Engströms gymnasium. Yakhyaeva is a graduate of Lyceum for Gifted Students, where she played for coach Mansur Yakhyaeva, her father.
“Camyrn will add much-needed depth to our squad,” Thomson said. “She had success in Pennsylvania both on the tennis court and in the classroom. She has been committed the last year to improving her tennis game and thus earning a spot to play in our top six. Nargiza and Viktoria should both play at the top of the lineup, as both ranked highly in their countries. Former Patriot All-American Dilshod Sharifi recommended Nargiza and has told me only good things about her and her tennis game. Viktoria should also strengthen the top of our lineup. She is a quality person, a good student, and has had strong junior tennis results.”
Francis Marion lost four seniors off last season’s squad that finished its abbreviated season 7-4.