Women’s Tennis Signs Sakar And Matsuda
SEATTLE – Washington Women's Tennis Head Coach Robin Stephenson announced the signing of two new Huskies who will join the team for fall of 2022. Grad transfer Melissa Sakar will arrive on Montlake from Columbia University while freshman Erika Matsuda hails from Japan.
Sakar will join the Huskies after completing her undergraduate studies at Columbia. A native of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, Sakar put together a 41-11 singles record for the Lions over her first two seasons from 2018-20. The Ivy League canceled all 2020-21 competition so Sakar will have two years of eligibility remaining at Washington.
"I knew that if I were to embark on this new journey as a graduate student-athlete, I wanted to have the best academics and athletics that can be offered. On paper, University of Washington was a no-brainer with its highly ranked tennis team, competing in one of the most competitive conferences in the country and its highly ranked grad programs," Sakar said.
Sakar was a Blue Chip recruit coming out of high school, ranked in the top-15 nationally, by TennisRecruiting.net.
"What really sold me on UW was the fact that the girls and the coaches really took the time to get to know me on a personal level," Sakar added. "It was evident that the program holds a high standard when it comes to character and investing in personal development, which is often rare in a sport that can be very results driven and individualistic. I am so incredibly excited to continue this new journey in the beautiful city of Seattle and become a HUSKY!"
Matsuda has competed at all four Junior Grand Slam Championships for Japan. She reached the Junior Australian Open round of 32 in both singles and doubles, made the Junior French Open doubles quarterfinals, and the round of 64 in singles and round of 32 in doubles at Junior Wimbledon.
She also has been ranked as high as No. 50 in the ITF World Junior Rankings.
"I am very honored to be part of this wonderful team," said Matsuda. "I was fascinated by the atmosphere of the team and the personalities of the coaches and players. My big goal is to win the NCAA team competition. I want to work hard every day to achieve that. I'm really looking forward to playing with this team."