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May 29, 2024

Women’s Tennis Signs Four In 2024 Class

CLEMSON, S.C.– Clemson Women’s Tennis and Head Coach Boomer Saia and his staff announced four signees, Annabelle Davis, Kinsey Crawford, Romana Čisovská, and Candela Yécora, to the 2024 Fall class.

These four signees come in addition to the fall announcements of three other athletes: Artemis Aslanisvili, Amélie Šmejkalová, and Sophie Clayton. These seven are Saia’s first signees to his inaugural class.

“Having a top-10 recruiting class is an excellent tribute to our staff, Tom and Ashleigh, and the work they have put in,” Head Coach Boomer Saia said on the addition of Davis, Crawford, Cisovska, and Yecora to the 2024 class. “Recruiting is a top priority in our program, which will help build significant momentum for the future!”

In February, the Tennis Recruiting Network ranked the Clemson Women’s Fall 2024 class as No. 9 in the nation. This class is the highest-ranked class since 2012 (No. 7), which ties 2016’s class (No. 9). With the four new additions, the Tigers are ready to succeed on the courts this upcoming year. 

Millfield School – Somerset, England

Annabelle Davis, a University of North Florida transfer, joins the Tigers after a breakout year in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Davis was a standout player at UNF as a two-time ASUN Champion in 21′ and 23′. In January 2024, Davis was nationally ranked No. 105. She ended her career at UNF as the No. 1 singles and doubles player for UNF with an overall record of 60-26 in singles and 31-20 in doubles. She was awarded the ASUN Freshman of the Year in 2021 and two-time ASUN Player of the Week. Impressively, she clinched UNF’s win against No. 25 Ole Miss in the NCAA Championship First Round 2021. Additionally, she was a three-time second-team All-ASUN recipient from 2021-23. 

Academically at UNF, Davis was awarded the Franklin Covey’ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ Knowledge Certificate. She was on the President’s Honor Roll in 23′ & the Dean’s List in 21′, 22′, and 23′. She was a three-time ASUN Honor Roll recipient and a three-time ITA Division I Scholar-Athlete. Additionally, in 2023, she was named to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District Team. 

“I instantly connected with the coaches and their values and vision for the program. The campus is beautiful, and they have a great Health Psychology Masters Program,” Davis said on her reasoning for choosing Clemson.

“Annabelle is a coach’s dream,” Saia said. “She’s all in on her tennis, takes it seriously, and has a second-to-none work ethic. We are incredibly excited to add her to our program, as she will contribute on and off the court.”

Off the court, Davis loves spending time in nature, watching sports, cooking, photography, or reading sports autobiographies.

Florida Virtual School – Tampa, Florida

A native of Tampa, Florida, Kinsey Crawford is taking her talents to Clemson after signing this spring to be a part of Coach Saia’s inaugural 2024 class. In high school, Crawford was ranked in the TRN top 100 in the state of Florida in 23′ and 24′. Additionally, she competed on the ITF junior tour from 2022-24 and the ITA summer circuit in 2023. Academically, Crawford was a three-time AP Scholar from 2022-24 and an all-A Honor Roll recipient from 2021-24. She received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence in 2020. 

“It’s elite academic reputation, idyllic location, and now one of the best coaching staffs in the NCAA,” Crawford said on why she chose Clemson. “Additionally, I loved the positive family-like atmosphere I felt while on campus.” 

“Kinsey has uncharted energy and will bring daily effort and competitiveness to our program,” Saia said on the addition of Crawford. “We are very excited to add her to our roster!”

Crawford’s talents go beyond the court. She is a musician and member of the Nashville Songwriters Association, an ITF & ATF Blackbelt, and a passionate youth volunteer.

Košice, Slovakia

Romana Čisovská, an Oklahoma University transfer, joins the Tigers after two standout seasons in the Big 12 conference. Cisovska had a record of 6-1 overall in singles during her freshman campaign in 2022-23. She went 5-1 combined doubles record (Spring) and appeared in six matches, with a 3-0 singles record and a 3-0 doubles record. She reached the singles semifinals and doubles quarterfinals during her freshman year at the Big 12 Invite.

Cisovska joins the Tigers with a career-high ITF junior ranking of 45 and WTA of 747 in singles and 863 in doubles. Additionally, Cisovska was crowned the 2020 J1 Kazan champion and has played in five junior Grand Slam tournaments, advancing to the round of 16 at Roland Garros. Cisovska also reached the doubles finals in two 2022 W15 tournaments and racked up ten wins. She has made the quarterfinals or better in 22 doubles tournaments in her ITF career.

Academically, Cisovska was awarded the Gorazd Memorial Letter in 2019 by the Sloakian Education Minister, Martina Lubyova Saint. Cisovska plans to pursue a degree in Marketing. 

“I chose Clemson because all the coaches made an excellent impression on me,” Cisovska said on why she chose Clemson. “ I wanted to find people who would stand by my side as a tennis player but also as a person, and I felt these vibes from the coaching staff.”

“Romana comes to Clemson with a world-class tennis resume,” Head Coach Boomer Saia said of the addition of Cisovska. “She has played in multiple Junior Grand slams and has been ranked as high as 747 in the WTA rankings. She will immediately impact our program – she aligns with the program’s vision and the work it will take to get there. We are very excited to get Romi on campus and start working towards great things together.”

Cisovska has many interests outside of tennis and enjoys being active and trying new things.

ÍES V Centenario – Seville, Spain

Candela Yecora Medina is a talented incoming freshman who will make an immediate impact for the Tigers after signing to be part of Coach Saia’s 2024 inaugural class. Yecora’s highest ITF Juniors single and doubles ranking is 152. In 2022 and 2023, she won the Andalusian Junior Championship title. While at Clemson, Yecora plans on studying Psychology. Besides playing tennis, Yecora enjoys joking, exploring, and trying new foods.

“I chose Clemson because I think it’s the best option to improve my tennis,” Yecora said when she decided to join the Tigers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Candela to Tiger Town,” Head Coach Saia said on the addition to Yecora Medina. “She will be an instant fit with our team culture and is an absolute pleasure to be around. Candela’s best tennis is ahead of her, and she has a great work ethic that will help her take the next steps with her game. We look forward to getting the Sevillian native on campus in August!”