The George Mason women's tennis team and head coach Steve Curtis announced today four newcomers to the team this upcoming season. With the addition of freshman Sydney Green, Nicole Haigwood, Gabriela Marks and Alexandra Rusyniak the 2014-15 women's roster has 12 student-athletes. “I am excited to have four quality athletes like Syd, Nicole, Gabby and Alex joining our team this fall,” commented Coach Curtis. “They all four bring traits that can help our team. Since we had no seniors last year they will certainly help our overall team depth.”
Sydney Green (Richmond Heights, Ohio/ Hawken School)
Green is a four-time letter winner at the Hawken School in Ohio, earning first team all-Chagrin Valley conference honors in 2013 as conference champion, and earned second-team honors the following season. Green was the 2012 doubles runner up of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament, and led her team as captain in 2014. She earned a spot on the Chagrin Valley all-academic team in 2014. She has been ranked in the top 250 in the country and top seven in Ohio for women's tennis.
Nicole Haigwood (Blessed Trinity Catholic High School)
A three-year letter-winner at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Georgia, Haigwood was a member of the Georgia State championship team in 2015, 2014 and 2013, and co-ed championship team in 2012. An outstanding student-athlete, Haigwood was on the honor roll multiple times and graduated with special recognition for math and service hours. Beyond tennis, Haigwood competed in FIRST robotics for three years and hopes to study engineering. She has been ranked in the top 305 in the country and top 25 in the state of Georgia.
Gabriela Marks (Boston, Ma/ Beaver Country Day School)
Marks was a three-time Eastern Independent League women's tennis MVP at Beaver Country Day School, and remained undefeated in her high school career. She earned honors on the Boston Globe All-Scholastics team for three consecutive years in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and is ranked #18 in New England in 18-and-under play for women's tennis by the USTA. She has been ranked as high as 310 in the country and top three in Massachusetts for women's tennis.
Alexandra Rusyniak (Fairhope, Alabama/ Bayside Academy)
Rusyniak earned all- county honors throughout her career at Bayside Academy, competing in the USTA Juniors Southern Section and various national tournaments. She was also the sectional doubles runner-up twice in her career and the winner her freshman year. An honor roll recipient every year, Rusyniak was a member of the National Honor Society, Bayside Academy Honors Council and Eastern Shore Youth Leadership Program. She has ranked in the top 450 in the country and top five in the state of Alabama.