(New Orleans, La.) Head men’s and women’s tennis coach Zubin Engineer has announced the signing of Alexa Mancuso and Lauren Rosales to the class of 2013. Both players have signed national letters of intent to play next season for Loyola University New Orleans.
Mancuso joins the Pack from Leawood, Kansas where she played tennis at Saint James Academy for head coach Rebecca Snodgrass. Alexa Mancuso was named a regional doubles champion for the 2009-2010 season and placed in the Kansas state tournament during her sophomore and junior campaigns.
In addition to her abilities on the court, Mancuso also performs at a high level in the classroom. She was named to the Honor Roll every year from 2009 to 2013 and twice received Academic All-State recognition after placing at the state tennis tournament and exceeding a 3.5 GPA. She also was recognized by the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association as an Academic All-State honoree in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Rosales comes to Loyola following playing high school at Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, Texas where she was coached by Amy Sickle. Rosales, who captained the Cardinals her junior and senior seasons, qualified for the Texas state doubles tournament as a senior. She began her sophomore year as her school’s #3 singles player before progressing to the top singles spot during her senior season. Rosales earned her team’s most improved award during her sophomore and senior campaigns, and took home the 3D award for her drive, dedication, and determination after her junior season.
Rosales, the Incarnate Word’s Presidential Award winner during her senior year, emphasized academics as she earned honors throughout her high school career.
“I am very pleased to add Alexa and Lauren to our signing class. They both have a lot of experience on the junior circuit and should help our team immediately by challenging our returners for spots in the lineup,” said head coach Zubin Engineer.
Rosales and Mancuso are the first two signees in the 2013 signing class for the Wolf Pack.