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W. Tennis Signs Nong and Schuknecht

W. Tennis Signs Nong and Schuknecht

CORAL GABLES, Fla. University of Miami head women’s tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews announced Thursday the signing of both Xinyi Nong and Leonie Schuknecht.

Nong comes to The U as a sophomore from Iowa State University, while Schuknecht joins the Hurricanes as a senior from Louisiana Tech University.

“These two young ladies will add maturity and a love for the game,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We were looking for high-character individuals that understand the qualities necessary to be successful and also have the discipline to stick with the process. I think we’re moving in the right direction with these two incoming Canes.”

A 5-foot-9 right-hander from Wenshan, China, Nong earned First Team All-Big 12 status in doubles during her lone season with the Cyclones. She, alongside Ange Oby Kajuru, also claimed the Big 12 No. 2 position title, en route to finishing No. 77 nationally and seventh in the ITA Central Region.

Nong, who joined the team in the spring, went 17-3 in doubles play, including 7-1 in Big 12 competition to tie the school record for such victories.

For Yaroshuk-Tews, Nong is the first Chinese player whom she will coach in her soon-to-be 23-year tenure at Miami, marking the 30th different country/territory she has signed a player from.

A 5-foot-9 right-hander out of Bottrop, Germany, Schuknecht garnered Frist Team All-CUSA plaudits in singles during the 2022-23 campaign, becoming the third all-league honoree in program history. She posted a 24-5 singles record last season, including a 16-3 mark in dual matches, all at the No. 1 spot.

During her three-year tenure in Ruston, La., Schuknecht went 48-34 in singles and 55-31 in doubles. Her ledger included a superb 41-20 doubles mark in dual matches, including a 35-18 ledger atop the lineup.

A two-time CUSA Athlete of the Month, Schuknecht committed to Miami over Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, San Diego State and Tulsa.

Nong and Schuknecht are the second and third Hurricane newcomers for the 2023-24 campaign, joining Colorado transfer Antonia Balzert.

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