Yaroshuk-Tews Inks Two for 2019-20
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami head women’s tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews announced Friday the signing of two players who will join the team this summer.
Incoming freshmen Selma Cadar and Nada Dimovska will both begin competing with the Hurricanes during the 2019-20 season.
“One of our focuses recently has been to, of course, still keep an emphasis on level of tennis and the caliber of player that we want to bring into this program, but we cannot overlook the most important piece of recruiting and that is character,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I think that what we’ve found in Selma and Nada are two young ladies who really have a high level of character, a high level of maturity and a high level of understanding of what their responsibility is coming into the University of Miami.”
A 5-foot-3 right-hander from Bucharest, Romania, Cadar peaked at No. 36 in the world in the ITF Juniors rankings on Oct. 22, 2018.
Cadar owns 10 WTA singles victories, including eight over players who have earned an international ranking. She reached the semifinals of a $15K tournament in Bucharest in August 2018 after defeating three straight ranked foes.
The Liceul cu Program Sportiv Nicolae Rotaru graduate also has 10 WTA doubles triumphs. She has reached the semifinals of four $15K events, advancing to the title match in two and winning one in Cairo in December 2018.
At the 2018 US Open Junior Championships, Cadar reached the second round in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles. She won the doubles championship at the 2015 U16 Eddie Herr International Junior Championship and made the doubles semifinals of the 2017 U18 Junior Orange Bowl, both in Florida.
Additionally, Cadar owns two Grade 2 doubles titles, one Grade 1 doubles crown, a Grade 3 singles championship and a Grade 1 singles trophy. At the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival in Georgia, she claimed a silver medal in doubles and bronze medal in singles.
A multiple-time Romanian national champion, Cadar earned the country’s top ranking at the U14, U16 and U18 levels. She selected Miami over South Carolina, Texas and Vanderbilt.
Dimovska is a 5-foot right-hander who hails from Wayne, N.J., and graduated from Florida Virtual School. Despite limited WTA tournament experience, Dimovska owns six singles victories and played her way into the main draw of a $10K event in Evansville, Ind., in July 2014.
During an accomplished youth career that included a top ITF Juniors singles ranking of No. 229 in the world in January 2016, Dimovska tallied 45 wins in singles action and 16 in doubles play. She won a Grade 5 singles tournament in 2017 and reached the title match of a Grade 4 event two years prior.
In 2017, Dimovska ascended as high as No. 45 in the USTA U18 rankings. In addition, she peaked as the fifth-best prospect in her class on TennisRecruiting.net.
Dimovska is set to be the first American from outside Florida on Miami’s roster since Pennsylvania natives Julia Cohen, Lauren Greco and Michaela Kissell were teammates in 2008-09. She committed to the Hurricanes over offers from Loyola Marymount and Tennessee.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have these two young ladies join our team,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We’re excited for what they’re going to bring to the table and we’re hoping to have a great future with them.”
Cadar and Dimovska will join a Miami team coming off a 19-8 (9-5 ACC) campaign that featured a 24th straight NCAA Team Championship berth, an 18th consecutive appearance in the Round of 32 and a soon-to-be secured top-25 finish for the 17th year in a row.