STORRS, Conn. - UConn women's tennis head coach Glenn Marshall announced the addition of Luciana Rabines (Barcelona, Spain) and Julieanne Bou (New Braunfels, Texas) who have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Rabines will join the Huskies in January 2018 for the spring semester while Bou will come to campus for the 2018 fall semester.
Rabines was born in Texas but has lived and played tennis in Mexico, Venezuela, Dubai, Argentina and Spain. In 2016, she was ranked No. 373 in the world by the International Tennis Federations (ITF) and has been a finalist in singles and double play, winning two doubles championships in her career.
"I am very excited to welcome Luciana and Julieanne to our UConn Tennis family," stated Marshall. "They both have extensive backgrounds in international competitions all around the world. Playing at such a high level in their junior careers will give them both a jumpstart to Division I college tennis."
"Luciana was born in the US, but has lived in many cities around the world," commented Marshall. "She has had many outstanding results in International Tennis Federation (ITF) events in many countries, reaching a ranking high of 373 in the world."
"She is currently living in Barcelona, and training with several WTA players from the professional tour. I am looking forward to welcoming Luciana this January to our team. She will immediately add a great deal to our team."
Bou, a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is currently attending the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. She represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 through 2014 World Junior Tennis Cup and at the Junior Fed Cup from 2013 through 2016. She was the No. 1 ranked player in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean from 2011 through 2016 and played in the zonals/intersectional for the Caribbean from 2010 through 2016.
In 2015, she won the singles and doubles titles in the Central American and Caribbean Games "JITIC". Bou was the Girl's 18's Doubles Champion at the USTA National Selection in November '16 and May '17 and has earned third, fourth and fifth place finishes at the USTA National Select Tournaments. After changing her USTA residency to Texas in 2016, she played her way to a No. 10 ranking in the state and has won the Texas Super Champs tournaments in singles and doubles.
"Julieanne, originally from Puerto Rico, ist currently living and going to school in Texas at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch," stated the head coach. "She has been the top-ranked junior from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean for many years and has experience playing around the world in Fed Cup competitions. Her experiences in these events will be beneficial as she begins her college tennis career."
"The team and I are excited for her arrival in August and she will be a great addition to our program."
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