ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis head tennis coach Jonathan Zych has announced the signing of Madison Cook (Edgewood, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) and Natalia Yacaman (Cartagena, Colombia/Colegio Jorge Washington) to National Letters of Intent to attend the University and play for the Billikens beginning next fall. Both players will have four years of eligibility.
Cook is a TennisRecruiting.net 4-star recruit and is rated that website's top senior prospect from Kentucky. In doubles play, she placed third in 16s at a USTA National Open tournament and at the Midwest Open Championships, and she also finished third at the 2010 Kentucky state tournament. Cook received the Sportsmanship Award at the 2009 USTA Zonals.
"Madison's senior recruiting RPI of 120, plus her recent win over the nation's No. 55 sophomore, indicate that she has the potential to make a powerful impact on our program," Zych said. "She has demonstrated her doubles prowess by placing third in a National Open event. We have high expectations for Madison."
A winner of 15 national junior titles, Yacaman has been ranked among the top three junior players in Colombia for three consecutive years. She represented her country in the Junior Fed Cup South America tournament and competed in the Orange Bowl International Championships, one of the world's most prestigious junior tournaments.
Yacaman is a National Honor Society member and has earned awards in Spanish, philosophy, physics and biology at her high school. She also received her school's Citizenship Award, given to one student from each course in recognition of community service and civic engagement.
"Natalia has experience in winning international matches," Zych said. "She is regarded as one of the top players in Colombia, and we expect her to make an immediate impact at SLU."Cook and Yacaman join a Billiken team that posted a 14-6 record last season and was runner-up at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, the best finish in program history.