HANOVER, N.H. – Abigail Chiu and Jasmine Abidi will become members of the Big Green women’s tennis team in the fall, head coach Bob Dallis announced. They were two of the 555 students admitted early decision to Dartmouth’s Class of 2021 last month, and will join a team that has enjoyed much success, including advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming Abigail and Jasmine to the women’s tennis team in the fall,” Dallis said. “Their intelligence, strong work ethic, competitive spirit and great personalities will make them wonderful additions to the team and to the Dartmouth community.”
Chiu, who hails from Austin, Texas, is a senior at ATA College Prep in Austin and is ranked No. 20 in the nation. Last summer, she won the USTA Girls’ 18 Clay Court Nationals, and prior to that, she was ranked No. 1 in Girls’ 16 doubles. She has won eight national double titles and five USTA National Open Singles Championships. Chiu was a member of the Hong Kong National Team before relocating to Texas at age 12.
“I chose Dartmouth because the balance of academics and sports, and the overall quality of life at Dartmouth, was really appealing,” Chiu said. “I also like that it’s a smaller school in a great college town with a picturesque setting. The fabulous team is led by a well-known coach, who really focuses on the players and considers the team to be his family.”
Abidi, who lives in Glen Head, New York, is a senior at North Shore High School and has been ranked as high as No. 45 in the country. While an injury has limited her play recently, she has been one of the USTA/Eastern top players and won the USTA/Eastern Sportsmanship Award in 2013. Abidi is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and is co-captain of the Robotics Team. In 2015, she participated in her school’s first foreign community service trip to Costa Rica, which she helped organized through Global Works.
“I chose Dartmouth because of its competitive tennis program, diversity and excellent academics,” said Abidi. “The team and school’s amazing achievements speak for themselves, but it was also important to me to find a school where I felt at home on the court and on campus.”