Cambridge, Mass. (June 22) -- The MIT women's tennis program welcomes the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in Division III by TennisRecruiting.net as head coach Carol Matsuzaki brings in three players to the team. This is the first time that the Engineers have had the top-ranked class in the nation.
Joining the team for the upcoming season is Amber Shen (Broomfield, Colo.), Viktoriya Tabunshchyk (Burlington, Ontario) and Ashley Teng (Tustin, Calif.).
"I am looking forward to having Amber, Viktoriya and Ashley join our team in the fall," said Matsuzaki. "I have enjoyed getting to know them during the recruiting process. This past year we graduated four people that were strong leaders who left a very positive legacy on the team; I am looking forward to starting this next year with our new leaders on our journey together."
Shen, the 2015 Colorado 5A No. 1 Singles State Champion from Fairview High School, was ranked as high as No. 30 on Tennis Recruiting in 2018 and is a five-star recruit. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, was a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar and an IB Diploma graduate. In addition, Shen was the editor of the Ranch Junior Tennis Newsletter, a volunteer at CU Sports Medicine and a volunteer coach for "I Have a Dream." She has also received a number of other awards, including most recently the 2017 Nikos Ridle Award.
Tabunshchyk was a Singles and Doubles National Champion in Canada who was also a Junior Fed Cup participant. She was also the ITF Singles and Doubles Champion, attended Dr. Frank J. Hayden High School and was the founder of the Computer Science Club.
Teng, a graduate of Beckman High School, was a four-time varsity letter winner and a four-time MVP. She was named First Team All-League for all four seasons, along with a pair of All-County honors. A four-time scholar-athlete, Teng received the Orange County Athletic Directors Association "Student-Athletes with Character" Award and was captain of her team. A winner of 12 tournaments, she was rated four stars on Tennis Recruiting, was a four-time member of the Principal's Honor Roll and received the Young Woman of the Month Award. Teng also was the secretary of the Beckman Autism Youth Ambassador's Club and founder of Covers of Love.