Women's Tennis Announces Incoming Class of 2016
HANOVER, N.H. — Head coach Bob Dallis announced his incoming recruits for the Class of 2016 on Tuesday. Dallis, who guided the Dartmouth women's tennis program to its first-ever Ivy League title in 2011 and whose 2012 team was ranked as high as No. 53 in the country, has four incoming players. Among the Big Green's recruits are Singapore's No. 1 player and the former No. 1 player in the USTA/Eastern section.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Bishop Gorman High School
Highest ranking: No. 74 on TennisRecruiting.com
Bessen is ranked No. 1 in the USTA/Intermountain section, No. 1 in Nevada, and was named the 2012 Nevada Player of the Year. She has also has won two national doubles titles, and won the Intermountain Sportsmanship Award and Scholar-Athlete Award in 2010. She played three years of high school tennis and led Bishop Gorman to the state title each of those three years. Bessen also won the state high school doubles title her freshman year and was named rookie of the year. Additionally, she was named most valuable player twice. Her twin brother Michael is also going to be a member of Dartmouth's Class of 2016. Bessen trains at the Desert Palm Tennis Club in Las Vegas with Zdenek Cernoch.
Methodist Girls' School (Singapore) and Morningside Academy (Florida)
Highest ranking: No. 1 in Singapore
Keong has represented Singapore in World Junior Tennis, Junior Federation Cup, and the Federation Cup. She won the Trinidad and Tobago Jr. ITF doubles championship in March 2012, and the Bangladesh Jr. ITF doubles championship in December 2011. The former Singapore No. 1 player has won the Singapore Women's Open title three times. While at Methodist Girls' School, Singapore, she was awarded the Singapore Sports Scholar from 2007-2010, and named Outstanding Sports Girl in 2008. Keong trains at the ITA Tennis Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Lakewood High School
Highest ranking: No. 78 on Tennis Recruiting
Tan has been ranked in the top 30 in the USTA/Southern California in singles and has won a USTA sportsmanship award. She was a two-time Moore League singles and doubles champion for Lakewood High, and was named the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Player of the Year in 2010. Tan's older brother Sean played tennis for Notre Dame and graduated in 2011, and her sister Stacey plays tennis for Stanford, where she is a junior. Tan is coached by Robert Lansdorp, who has coached numerous top players including pros Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras, and Maria Sharapova.
Manhasset High School
Highest ranking: No. 32 on TennisRecruiting.com
Yau has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the USTA/Eastern section and won five sectional singles tournaments in recent years, as well as a National Open title. She has also been recognized for her sportsmanship by USTA/Eastern and by the National Open tournament in El Paso, Texas. As a junior player, she played many doubles tournaments with Akiko Okuda '15. Yau trains at Robbie Wagner's Tournament Training and is coached by Viktor Marinkovic.