Fantastic Freshmen – University of Georgia Athletics


ATHENS, Georgia. – The University of Georgia women’s tennis team welcomed three freshmen to the roster this season, Guillermina scholarship, Mai Nirundorn, and Mell Reasco. As new additions, the trio have traveled all over the world to join the program.

They had an immediate impact and made a smooth transition to college tennis. During the fall, they combined 52 wins – 30 in singles and 22 in doubles.

Reasco, from Esmeraldas, Ecuador, was ranked fourth freshman / newcomer by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in early fall. She posted a score of 12-3, including 2-1 against nationally ranked opponents, won the 2021 ITA Southeast Regional Championship in Orlando, Fla. And reached the quarter-finals of the ITA National Fall Championship in San Diego, California. Morgan coppoc, the two rank 42nd in the country and topped the doubles with a 5-1 record. In addition to his already impressive college debut, Reasco has played in numerous International Tennis Federation (ITF) events, reaching the semi-finals twice.

Grant, from Montevideo, Uruguay, posted the second-best record of the fall, 10-3. His freshman campaign was highlighted by winning the ITA Southeast Regional Consolation draw against compatriot and teammate Nirundorn. Nirundorn, from Bangkok, Thailand, finished the fall at 8-8 and 7-4 in doubles.

“I think what stands out from those three is their enthusiasm,” said Georgia’s associate head coach. Drake bernstein. “They’re thrilled to be here. They’re thrilled to be Bulldogs. Every day they come excited to put on red and black, and that passion was 100% clear in the recruiting process. We were expecting them are. Been here for a while, and once they got here they got even bigger. That’s what they bring to the team every day. ”

During our quick chat, the freshman trio talked about finally playing Georgia, the close friendships they’ve made, their favorite places in Athens and so much more.

What stood out to you about the University of Georgia during the recruitment process?

Réasco: The coaches, they really supported me and I really love them. I am really tough when I talk to the coaches. I don’t get along with the coaches much, but when I spoke with them (head coach Jeff Wallace and Bernstein) I found them to be good people and support you a lot.

Also, one of my idols, Lourdes Carle, came here. She is from Argentina. In 2019, she won the ITA National Indoor Championship. She spoke to me… I really want to have the same experience that she had here.

To agree: Before coming here, I also knew Lourdes. I was always following Georgia and really wanted to be part of the team. After the coach texted me I was very excited to join the Georgia tennis program.

Nirundorn: I visited five schools, but what really struck me about Georgia was the people. Everyone here seemed to be family. I spoke to all of them, and they were so welcoming and kind. It was just like being at home here.

Did you have relationships throughout recruiting with each other, all of them freshmen? How has that changed from the recruiting process until today?

Réasco: I knew Gigi from South America. She is from Uruguay and we have played a lot of tournaments together. We’ve known each other since we were 12, so I was really glad we came to the same university together. With Mai, we played in a few tournaments, but we weren’t that close. Now we’ve grown closer and we get along well with the team.

To agree: Yes, I knew Mell before, but I didn’t know anyone on the team. I’ve been here for a semester and it seems I’ve known them forever. They were the best with us. It’s awesome.

Nirundorn: I knew Meg (Kowalski) and saw them (Gigi and Mell) at tournaments, but we never really spoke. We just saw each other a little. When we got here we all clicked instantly and became very close friends.

What’s your favorite part of Athens?

Réasco: Food. I love the food and also go to Alee (Clayton). This is the best part of Athens. We spend a lot of time there. Watch shows, play games, etc.

What is your favorite American dish that you have tasted?

Réasco: Pizza.

To agree: I love baby back ribs, Saucehouse is so good.

Nirundorn: I like to raise canes. I love Chipotle. We don’t have a Chipotle in Thailand.

What are your favorite things to do for bonding together as freshmen?

Nirundorn: We live together, so we’ve grown closer in recent months. We always help each other, whether at school or at tennis. If someone is feeling down, we always try to comfort each other, and we just spend a lot of time with each other. We really appreciate it.

Réasco: Yes, we are like a family!

Nirundorn: It’s like a family away from home.

Have you learned any new languages ​​recently?

To agree: It’s nice with Mell. We can speak Spanish to each other, so that’s great. We also help each other when we need to find words to express ourselves in English. Everyone always helps us with the language.

Réasco: It’s a bit difficult to speak English because our accent is different, but we help each other. Also, at the moment I am trying to learn French. It is difficult to translate Spanish into English than in French.

Nirundorn: I speak Thai and English fairly well, but I am learning French now. Hope I will improve myself.

Did you teach other languages ​​to your teammates?

Réasco: They all ask how we say things in Spanish and do their best to do so. Sometimes I just say something in Spanish because I can’t say it in English, so they always try to understand it with our expressions.

To agree: Several times Coach tried to say a few words to us in Spanish and that’s cool. We feel like they are doing their best to make us feel more comfortable.

What are your goals for this year and the rest of your time at UGA?

To agree: My own goal is to have fun. Enjoy the moment and each day with the girls, and also try to do my best on the pitch and in the classroom, but really enjoy the moment.

Réasco: My goal here is to really find my way in what I want to do with my life. Besides, I really want to play professionally, so I came to UGA to improve myself and to make the national championships.

Nirundorn: My goal this year is to contribute to the team. I really want to help everyone if they are feeling down. I want to be the one who makes them happy. Also, I want to do well in my studies and in tennis.

We’re in the trophy room right now, what does it mean to be a UGA player and be a part of this historic program?

To agree: It’s an honor. Being in a school that has won so many trophies and championships… It’s cool!

Réasco: It’s awesome ! Before coming here, I never played for a team, so just being a part of it… At first I thought it would be a lot of pressure, but I realized I had a lot of support and we could do it. amazing things together. It’s not just you, so it’s the biggest. It’s like a family.

Nirundorn: It is an honor to be here. Georgia is one of the best tennis programs in the country and I’m really glad I was recruited to play here.


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