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Tennis Signs National Letter of Intent

Dec 10, 2008

BOULDER ? University of Colorado women's tennis head coach Nicole Kenneally has announced the signing of Erin Sanders to a National Letter of Intent to continue her education at CU next fall. 

In addition to the NLI, Kenneally has also added Ania Anuszkiewicz from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada to the 2008-09 roster.

Both women will be incoming freshman.

"I am very pleased with the signing of both Ania and Erin, and even though they are arriving on campus at different times it will be a pleasure to coach both and to see the impact that they make on our women's tennis program," Kenneally said. 

"They are both solid players who bring great credentials into their college careers and ambitious students. I know they are both anxious to get started and work hard on the tennis court and in the classroom."

Anuszkiewicz is a well-rounded athlete not just on the tennis court, also excelling in volleyball and cross country at Lorne Park Secondary School in Mississauga. During her freshman year, she was a member of the regional champion team, and in volleyball, was a member of the regional finalist team.

In tennis, Anuszkiewicz has earned championship honors since competing for Team Canada in the Under-12 age group, in addition to being a doubles indoor champion in the U-16 age group (2006), an U-18 Ontario All-Star Tournament singles champion (2005), and a national indoor selection champion (2007).

Anuszkiewicz was nationally ranked in the top-five among singles players in the U-16 group, and also being ranked No. 3rd provincially and No. 4th in doubles in the U-18 group. A recipient of several academic awards, Anuszkiewicz was named a Gold Key Award winner for outstanding achievement in academics and athletics, in addition to an academic letter, an honor for making the honor roll all eight semesters of high school.

Anuszkiewicz plans to study integrative physiology with an interest in environmental studies.

"I am really excited for the addition of Ania to our team," Kenneally said. "I believe she will make an immediate impact in singles and doubles."

Joining CU next season in the 2009-10 academic year will be Sanders. Sanders, currently is a senior at Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colo.

She is Kenneally's first student-athlete of the 2009-10 school year.

Sanders is a three-year letterwinner for head coach Lisa Pulk, playing the No. 1 singles position. A state champion at the 5A class as a sophomore, Sanders was a finalist her junior year and a third place finisher in her freshman campaign.

She helped her team to a second (junior year) and third place (sophomore year) finish, respectively as well. Named Colorado Sportswoman of the Year, Sanders is a Douglas County Athletic Academic Women in Sports recipient, and Player of the Year by The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News.

            Sanders plans to study integrative physiology.

"It is fantastic that Erin is joining the Colorado Buffaloes next year," Kenneally said. "Erin is going to be a great addition to the team and I expect her to be a great contributor.  As the flagship University of the state, it is a perfect fit to have one of the best players in our state and section joining us."