OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s tennis team bolstered its future with the signing of Arianne Hartono of the Netherlands and Sweden’s Caroline Kallberg, head coach Mark Beyers announced Monday.
“Arianne and Caroline are two very experienced players, with extensive junior careers,” Beyers said. “They’ve played a lot of international tournaments and are very experienced playing tennis at a high level. Both of them are going to make an immediate impact.”
Hartono, a native of Meppel, Netherlands, achieved a career-high ITF Junior World Ranking of No. 214 and is presently ranked No. 30 in the Dutch Senior Rankings.
In the summer of 2013, Hartono was the runner-up at the Dutch Under-18 National Championships and this past winter, won the National Under-18 Indoor Championship. She has played numerous ITF junior tournaments all across the world.
“Any time you win a national championship of any country, that’s a big accomplishment,” Beyers said. “By winning the indoor national championship in Holland it shows that she’s playing at a level where she will be able to make an impact in college tennis right away. She is a great student, and someone I know the fans are really going to enjoy watching play.”
Beyers talked about Hartono’s game, which makes up for her small size at 5-5. “She’s an aggressive baseliner who gets a lot of racquet head speed and is able to dictate play from the baseline. She’s also comfortable coming in to the net. I know her coach very well, and she does a great job getting the players up to speed technically and tactically. I enjoyed watching Arianne play when I was recruiting her and we are looking forward to having her wear the Red and Blue.”
Kallberg hails from Stockholm, Sweden and is the sister of William Kallberg, a junior on the Ole Miss men’s tennis team.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had that where we had a brother and sister here at the same time,” Beyers said. “Obviously William has one more year, so it’s special that they get to play alongside each other for one year.”
Caroline achieved a career-best ranking of No. 120 in the ITF World Junior Rankings, and No. 1 in Sweden. She has won six ITF titles in doubles and one in singles and reached numerous finals.
“Caroline has an extensive record on the ITF circuit,” Beyers said. “She has won a lot of matches and with her experienced background, will also make an immediate impact.”
In addition, Kallberg has won the Swedish Championship six times in doubles and three times in singles.
“She’s a good baseliner, very smart player. She’s maybe not as powerful as some of the other players, but she counters and moves extremely well. With Caroline and Arianne I think this is one of our best recruiting classes,” Beyers closed.
The Rebels are preparing for the NCAA Championships, which begin this weekend. They will face Texas Tech in the first round Friday at 12 p.m. CT in Los Angeles.
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