Women's Tennis Signs Seven to Class of 2024

Women's Tennis Signs Seven to Class of 2024

FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Sacred Heart University Women's Tennis Head Coach William Boe-Wiegaard announced the signing of seven members to join the team for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

"We are excited to welcome in Ciara, Katsiaryna, Flavia, Grace, Amelia, Sara and Athena to our team for this upcoming season. The incoming class brings in a wealth of talent that can help us strive to our goal of winning the NEC Tournament." Coach Boe-Wiegaard on the incoming class.

With the seven members coming in, the Pioneers roster expands to 13 as the Pioneers look to advance to the NEC Tournament which was cut short this season due to COVID-19.


Ciara O'Toole  

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

High School: Our Lady's School, Terenure, Dublin

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • Fitzwilliam Irish Championship finalist in singles and doubles
  • Carrickmines Irish Open finalist.
  • ITF Estonia semi-finalist in doubles play.


Katsiaryna Starastensenka

Hometown: Mogilev, Belarus

High School: Mogilev City Gymnasium

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • Named Top 21 player under the age of 16 in national rating
  • Winner of numerous national tournaments.
  • Semifinalist in the UTR Tournament in Minsk, Belarus       


Flavia Rambaldi

Hometown: Rome, Italy

High School: Liceo Scientficio Primo Levi 

Athletic Accomplishments: 

  • Runner-up in the Italian High School Student Singles Tournament in 2018.
  • Won twice the Lazio regional team competition (18 and under) in 2018 and 2019.
  • Ranked in the top 20 U18 for Lazio.


Grace Del Pino

Hometown: Fayetteville, N.Y.

High School: Christian Brothers Academy

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • Ranked #36 among senior girls in New York.
  • Won Sectionals four times and competed in state championships in both singles and doubles play.
  • Participated in the JTT (Junior Team Tennis) Nationals


Amelia Brenner

Hometown: Londonderry, N.Y.

High School: New Hampton School

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • Captured Lakes Region Prep School Division Title in singles play.
  • Was undefeated in singles play in the Lakes Region Division.
  • Named MVP three years in a row


Academic Accomplishment

  • Earned High Honor Roll twice at New Hampton School.


Sara Denny

Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA  

High School: Stroudsburg High School

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • Four-time team MVP in high school.
  • Named to All-Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Team.
  • Nationally ranked on tennis RPI.


Athena Yilmaz

Hometown: Catalonia, Spain

High School: Es International school of Barcelona . Sanchez Casal

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • Participated in WTA in Mallorca, Spain.
  • Played in a Grade 3 ITF league.