ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University men's and women's tennis head coach Michael Bates has announced the addition of five student-athletes who will join the Bonnies' women's program for the 2018-19 academic year – Penelope Abreu, Consuela van Grinsven, Andrea Roque, Emily Stanley and Paula Araceli Saldivar.
"We're really excited to bring in the five new players we have coming in," Bates said. "They're going to give us a lot more depth. They've all played a lot of high level tennis during their careers and that's really going to help us down the road."
Abreu is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was a finalist at the World Junior Tennis Competition in 2013 and 2014 before winning the Junior Federation Cup in 2016. She was also a member of the Dominican Fed Cup team in 2016 and was a semifinalist in doubles of the Mangu Cup last year. She was an Honors student in the classroom as well and intends to major in business at St. Bonaventure.
van Grinsven hails from Bonair, Netherlands Antilles where she reached the finals of doubles in the Cayman International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) in two separate seasons. She plans to major in criminology.
A product of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roque was named her team's Most Valuable Player four years in a row. She also had the opportunity to represent Puerto Rico in Junior Fed Cup for three years, playing in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. She also represented the Caribbean in Intersectionals. At SBU she plans to major in accounting.
Saldivar is a product of Asuncion, Paraguay where she went to Santa Teresa de Jesus Secondary School. As well as success in tennis, she was also a mathematics Olympiad and handball champion at her high school. She plans to major in business upon arriving at St. Bonaventure.
Stanley comes to St. Bonaventure from Victor, N.Y. where she played at Victor Senior High. She was a qualifier in the New York State High School Championships in eighth, 11th and 12th grades including winning a doubles crown in the Section V tournament this past spring, finishing in quarterfinals at states. She helped lead her team to Section V crowns during her freshman and senior seasons and also captured the sectional championship in doubles as a sophomore, singles as a junior and advanced to the second round of the state championship. Stanley also won the Buffalo Open Mixed Doubles and captured the Rochester District open singles crown while being named All-Greater Rochester four times. A member of National Honor Society, she plans to major in biology.
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