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A&M Women's Tennis Signs Blue Chip Recruit

November 15, 2011
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M first-year head women's tennis coach Howard Joffe has landed one of the nation's top junior players during the November signing period as blue-chip recruit Anna Mamalat of Philadelphia has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Aggies.

"In every respect, Anna Mamalat is the epitome of everything good about a student and an athlete," Joffe said. "Her tennis resume attests to her ability, skill and talent on the court. She is also a devoted student academically, and above all else Anna is a human being of great class and depth whose conduct on and off the court is way beyond her years."

Mamalat, who will begin playing for the Aggies next fall, has been ranked as high as fourth and is currently rated as the 12th-top recruit in the nation, according to In addition she is No. 582 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings and won the ITF International Grass Court Championships in both 2010 and 2011.

In addition, Mamalat has earned a Women's Tennis Association (WTA) professional ranking on the strength of having reached the semifinals of two $10,000 challengers and the quarterfinals of two other $10,000 challengers.

Other top tournament finishes include winning the 2009 Mike Agassi Girls 18 National in Las Vegas and the 2008 Labor Day Championships Girls 18, as well as reaching the finals at the 2009 USTA Winter Nationals Girls 18s and the 2009 Gator Bowl.

Mamalat, who is home schooled, is coached by Charles Wheeler at High Performance Tennis Center in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

"Anna Mamalat has been an absolute pleasure as a player here at High Performance Tennis Academy," Wheeler said.  "Not only does she possess an incredibly strong game and work ethic, but she also backs this up with a proven track record including WTA points, ITF points and many tournament wins including the Junior U.S. Grass Court Championships."

Mamalat chose Texas A&M over Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest.

"Anna was recruited by many of the top programs in the country and could have gone wherever she wanted but immediately felt at home with Coach Joffe and Texas A&M," Wheeler added. "I know she will be in great hands at Texas A&M. I have known Howard for many years, and he has always produced results, so for me in guiding Anna it was a logical choice.  Coach Joffe also has a fantastic ability to bring the best out in his players and I believe he will have a Championship winning team within a short period of time. Anna will be a big contributor and leader for Texas A&M."

"I like Coach Howard [Joffe] a lot," Mamalat told "I found him to be caring, trusting and a great coach overall. He really knew his stuff when it came down to the important things I needed, and I knew right there that he was the right coach for me.

"The girls on the team made the trip a lot of fun. They were all so nice, and they showed me a good time. They're a great team and work together real well. I will definitely get better and enjoy it as well."

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