Nagle Adds Two to 2021-22 Roster
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon head coach Courtney Nagle announced the addition of two student-athletes to the 2021-22 roster Friday, welcoming transfer Misaki Kobayashi and freshman Karin Young into the program.
Kobayashi spent two seasons at Cal State Fullerton and will join the Ducks at the start of the fall season, while Young will join the program in the spring of 2022 after finishing up her high school career at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn.
Kobayashi earned second-team All-Big West honors in 2021 after spending nearly the entire season at No. 1 singles for Cal State Fullerton, going 8-6 overall and 7-6 in the top spot. She also was named second-team all-conference in doubles play after primarily competing at the No. 1 spot paired with Eira Tobrand.
"We are thrilled to be adding Misaki to the Duck Family," said Nagle. "We love her passion for tennis and eagerness to learn. We are excited to see her enthusiasm fuel our training and competitive environment. Misaki's best tennis is ahead of her and she will have an impact at Oregon. We can't wait for her to get started."
The native of Yokohama, Japan helped lead Cal State Fullerton to a 13-6 record in 2020-21 and earned ITA Scholar Athlete honors in both 2020 and 2021.
Young is rated a 5-star prospect, the No. 1 player in Minnesota and No. 57 overall nationally in the Class of 2022 by Tennis Recruiting Network. She was named the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year in 2020 after helping lead Eastview to a Class 2A semifinal run in the state tournament. As a sophomore in 2019, Young took home the state 2A singles title and was ranked No. 1 in the state as a freshman in 2018.
"Karin's proactive ownership of her game is just a small piece of why she will contribute tremendously to Oregon women's tennis," said associate head coach Elizabeth Lumpkin Robinson. "Her character, willingness to grow and team mindset create the ideal combination of competitor and teammate. We are so excited to support and coach her."
The Apple Valley, Minn. native has also had a decorated junior career in national competitions, highlighted by four wins in USTA events during the summer of 2018. She won in both singles and doubles at the USTA Girls Junior Section Championships after also taking home singles and doubles titles at the USTA National Level 2 Tournament. Additionally, both of Young's parents were head coaches at the Division I level. Her father Jeff was the head men's tennis coach at Minnesota from 2006 through this past season, while her mother Dana was the head women's tennis coach at Denver from 2000-06.