SEATTLE - (Nov. 8) Seattle U women's tennis has signed two players for the 2018-19 season, Alisa Sabotic and Aranza Sanabria.
Aranza Sanabria attends Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, Calif. and is from Mexico. Sanabria is no stranger to Seattle U tennis as her brother is a sophomore on the men's team. Sanabria won the Weil Academy final in the West Coast Tennis South Bay Level 5 Junior Tournament in 2016.
Sanabria is the daughter of Maria Sanabria and Adrian Alvarez and in addition to her brother Adrian she has a younger brother named Aldo. Sanabria played for Head Coach Ognyan Katsarov and Assistant Coaches Magdalena Smejova and Marjorie Ondeck. Sanabria is pursuing a career in engineering.
"We are so pleased to welcome Aranza into our fold," Head Coach Adam Reeb said. "She comes from a great family and her older brother Adrian is already here on the men's team, so Aranza knows us well and understands the expectations coming in. Aranza has a solid game with a terrific work ethic and desire to compete so she is a great addition to our program for sure."
Alisa Sabotic attends Okemos High School in her hometown of Okemos, Mich. IN the only year that Sabotic played tennis at her high school, she won the league, region and the Michigan State Championship. Sabotic was the Lansing State Journal Tennis Player of the Year in 2016 and received the Certificate of Achievement from the Meridian Township Board. She also received a congratulatory letter from the 8th District Congressman of the United States after winning the state title.
Sabotic is the third ranked tennis player in Michigan and the highest ranked tennis player in Western Michigan. She has won the Western Michigan qualifier five time and was a 2014 Girls Hard Court National Championship Consolation finalist. She won the 2016 Midwest Regionals Doubles Championship.
Outside of tennis, Sabotic is a member of the film club, Aurora Writing Club, Student-run Theatre, Choir and Okemos Science Institute. Sabotic also volunteers her time at the Action Volunteering Organization. She enjoys cooking for her family and friends and has aspirations to travel the world. Sabotic is the daughter of Jovanka and Maso Sabotic and she has a sister, Draga, who plays tennis at the University of Delaware.
"We are thrilled to welcome Alisa to our team and family," Reeb said. "She brings impressive credentials to our program as having been consistently one of the best players in the Midwest for many years, and her all-court game will translate well to college tennis and make her a big contributor for us. Most importantly, Alisa is a great fit and person, and she is so excited about being a part of our program and we feel the same."