Nov. 27, 2012
Ali Garrity and Mitsuki Fukamachi have signed National Letters of Intent confirming their decision to enroll in Siena next fall and play tennis for the Saints. Each player brings a strong work ethic and extensive tournament experience to the program.
“We are all very excited to have Ali and Mitsuki join our tennis family,” head coach Andy Christodoulou said. “This is a very strong recruiting class that will allow us to continue to climb up the MAAC rankings. Mistuki and Ali competed as partners on the same junior USTA team in Northern Ohio and went on to regional and national competitions.”
Garrity (Medina, Ohio) has played first singles at Medina High School all four of her scholastic years. She is a two-time Northern Ohio Conference (NOC) finalist. As a senior this fall, she won the sectional tournament, and she advanced to the state tournament each of the last two years. Garrity completed her high school career with a 90-23 record and is the first female to receive the Medina County Gazette MVP all four years of her career. She was also named Medina Post Player of the Year four years in a row, and served as team captain as a junior and senior.
“Ali is a strong left-handed player with tremendous athletic ability and great instincts,” Chrsitodoulou said. “Her speed allows her to cover the court, and her advanced foot work allows her to compete at a very high level. She can hit a variety of shots from many different angles. Her productivity comes from her rugged, physical play and sound mental approach which enables her to stay cool under pressure. Most important, she is a smart young lady with an awesome personality. She took her recruiting process very seriously and started very early, so we got to know each other very well.”
Garrity was ranked No. 15 in the state of Ohio and 283 Nationally (U-18 division) by the USTA on November 12. In 2009, she had the opportunity to play with Sam Querry in doubles against John Isner and Mardy Fish in a Victory Gallop charity Pro-AM.
Garrity is a presidential scholar at Siena and plans to major in biology. She is the daughter of David and Valerie Garrity and has two sisters, Kellie and Rebeccah.
“Ali is so excited to come play for Siena College!” Garrity’s private coach Beth Winquist said. “I am so glad that she found a great school to continue her tennis career and education. Ali is an all-court player. She loves to hit big ground strokes, but is very confident coming to the net. She will be a tremendous doubles player as well. Ali is a terrific athlete with a great work ethic. She will give 100 percent in anything, on or off the court.”
Fukamachi is a three star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net and is ranked No. 20 in the state of Ohio’s USTA (U-18 rankings) as of November 16. She has reached as high as No. 99 in the Midwest USTA in singles rankings, and No. 3 in doubles in Northeast Ohio.
Fukamachi is a four-time Ohio State High School Tournament doubles qualifier, and she captured the 2012 North Ohio Conference (NOC) Championship in First Doubles. Over her scholastic career, she has been named NOC All Conference in First Singles, Second Singles and First Doubles. Her team captured the doubles sectional championship in 2009 and 2010. Fukamachi was the varsity team captain during her senior year, and received the athlete scholar award all four years.
“Mitsuki is a very strong hitter who is not afraid to go for her shots and has a great technique from both sides,” head coach Andy Christodoulou said. “She is very comfortable in moving up to the net. Mitsuki is one of the toughest competitors I have ever seen, and she can really make things happen on the court. Her doubles skills will make her transition to the college game a lot easier. Mitsuki’s personality makes her a great teammate.”
Fukamachi is a Siena College Presidential Scholar who plans to major in medical sciences. She is the daughter of Kiyotaka and Kiyomi Fukamachi and has two siblings, a younger brother, Shouta, and older sister, Minami.
“Mitsuki possesses the character and work ethic of a true champion on and off the tennis court,” Fukamachi’s private coach Brian Smallwood said. “Her diligence as a competitor and as a student of the game has led her to a well-deserved opportunity to play tennis at the Division I level. Mitsuki exemplifies what it means to be a true team player in every sense of the word. She has been very supportive of both her teammates and her fellow players at our indoor facility who play the tournament circuit with her. I am very proud of Mitsuki’s accomplishments and applaud her on her achievement. I am certain she will exceed expectations as a player for Siena College.”