November 10, 2021

Women’s Tennis Signs Three

Tallahassee, FL – Florida State women’s tennis announced the addition of three signees Wednesday. Kianah Montosono, Mila Saric and Violet Apisah all signed National Letters of Intent to play at FSU. Montosono began her career at the University of Oklanoma, Saric at William & Mary and Apisah at Tyler Junior College.

Women’s Tennis Signs Three

Violet Apisah
Tyler Junior College
Paupa New Guinea/Australia

Tyler Junior College:
Competed as a freshmen at Tyler Junior College in 2020…team won the NJCAA National Championship 2021…ranked in top 10 of NJCAA in singles…ranked in top 5 of NJCAA in doubles…won the 3rd singles flight and 2nd doubles flight at NJCAA National individual Championships.

Prep
Achieved a Junior career high ITF ranking of #24 in the World, and finished the year ranked in the top 100 twice in the ITF World Junior Rankings…played in the US Open, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Has competed in a total of nine Junior Grand Slam Championships, five Australian Opens, two Wimbledons and two US Open Championships…advanced to the 3rd round of US Open and advanced to the doubles final of the 2018 Australian Open…has won 10 career ITF Junior singles titles and six career ITF Junior doubles titles and won the Oceania Closed Doubles Championship with current Seminole Petra Hule…highlights include winning the Oceania Closed G2 twice, the Auckland Indoors and the Gallipoli Youth Tennis Cup.

Personal
Born in Papua New Guinea, moved to Australia when she was six…sister Patricia also plays at Tyler Junior College…cousin Abigail Tere-Apisah played college tennis at Georgia State, and was a two-time All American and NCAA Semifinalist, as well as reaching a WTA world rank of #276 in singles and #224 in doubles.

 

Women’s Tennis Signs Three

Kianah Montosono
University of Oklahoma
Miami, FL

Career
2021 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
2021 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award
2020 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
2019 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

Junior (2020-21)
16-15 overall singles record … 12-3 in doubles on the year … (Spring) 10-8 in dual match singles action between courts five and six … Clinched five wins for the Sooners … 12-3 mark in doubles with an 11-2 record with Dana Guzman … With Guzman, went 5-1 against the Big 12 … Clinched six doubles points for OU with Guzman … (Fall) 6-7 record in fall tournament singles play … Made a run to the Round of 16 at the ITA Central Region Championships … First Team Academic All-Big 12 … Also received the Big 12’s Dr. Gerald Lage Award, the conference’s highest academic honor.

Sophomore (2019-20)
Tallied a 7-3 overall record before the 2019-20 season ended early due to COVID-19 … (Spring) Went 2-0 and gave up just three games across those matches … Shut out Audrianna Kallie of UAPB 6-0, 6-0 (March 8) … (Fall) Went 5-3 in fall singles action … Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for her work in the classroom … Boasted a 4.0 GPA.

Freshman (2018-19)
Completed her freshman season at 18-13 overall … (Spring) Went 10-10 in singles action playing primarily on court five … First career dual match victory came as a shutout of Oral Roberts’ Andrea Vasilijevic on court six … Clinched OU’s 4-0 win over Winthrop on Jan. 25 with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 6 line to send the Sooners to the ITA Kickoff Weekend Championship match … Grabbed one of OU’s two singles wins against Texas A&M when she held on for a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 [4] win over Riley McQuaid at the No. 5 line … Compiled a 10-3 record in doubles with Oleksandra Korashvili, playing on court three … With Korashvili, clinched five doubles points for the Sooners … (Fall) Tallied an 8-3 singles record during the fall season … Recorded a 4-1 finish at the ITA Central Region Championships, her first tournament as a Sooner … Notched a third-place finish at the Marliss Gruver Memorial Tournament … Went undefeated (3-0) at the Kitty Harrison Invitational … Partnered with classmate Laura Rico-Garcia in doubles and went 3-4 … Finished in the doubles quarterfinal at the ITA Central Region Championships with Rico-Garcia.

Junior Career
Career-high ITF Rank of 173 … Panama Bowl Grade 4 ITF Singles and Doubles champion … TIHTA Aruba Grade 4 ITF singles and doubles champion … Copa Gogo Grade 5 ITF singles champion … Played in the 2017 Junior US Open qualifying draw, where she advanced to the second round .. Lion Cup Grade 3 ITF doubles champion.

Personal
Daughter of Akiko Matsumoto and Antonio Motosono … Is an only child … Has traveled to over 27 countries … Considers herself a “foodie” – parents own a sushi restaurant in Miami … Enjoys watching Netflix in her free time … Aspires to be a professional tennis player.

Women’s Tennis Signs Three

Mila Saric
William & Mary
Arona, Spain

Honors
CAA Rookie of the Year (2019)
Second Team All-CAA in singles (2019)
Second Team VaSID All-State in singles (2020)
Second Team VaSID All-State in doubles (2020)
ITA Scholar-Athlete (2018-19, 2019-20)
CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll (2018-19, 2019-20)
W&M Provost Award (2018-19, 2019-20)
Four-time CAA Player of the Week
Three-time CAA Doubles Team of the Week

Sophomore Season (2019-20)
Named to the VaSID All-State Second Team in both singles and doubles … Twice named the CAA Singles Player of the Week and once on the doubles team of the week in 2020 … Led W&M with a 14-7 overall record and was 6-4 in dual-match play … Picked up a pair of nationally ranked wins during the year … Handed No. 90 Ayana Akli her first dual-match loss in straight-sets, 6-4, 7-6 (2), to clinch W&M’s 4-2 win over Big Ten foe Maryland … Notched a pair of wins at the top singles position … Clinched the Tribe win over George Washington with a victory at No. 2 … Named to the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll during both the fall and spring seasons … Selected as a W&M Provost Award winner … Topped No. 44-ranked Zoe Spence during the fall season at the Kitty Harrison Invitational … Totaled eight doubles wins … Teamed with Vitoria Okuyama to comprise the Tribe’s No. 1 doubles team, going 5-5 overall with three wins at No. 1 … The duo secured the doubles point for the Tribe in upsetting the No. 51-ranked team in the country from Iowa State (Christin Hsieh and Thasaporn Naklo) in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (6) … Named the doubles runner-up at the Kitty Harrison Invitational with Okuyama in November after posting wins over the North Carolina team of Kacie Harvey and Alle Sanford and the NC State pair of Liz Norman and Lexi Keberle … An ITA Scholar-Athlete honoree.

Freshman Season (2018-19)
Named the CAA Rookie of the Year … Selected to the All-CAA Second Team in singles … Led W&M with a 19-11 singles mark, including a 15-6 dual-match record … Won six of her final seven matches, including all three in the CAA Championship in straight sets … Was 6-0 against CAA competition during the dual-match season … Twice named the CAA Singles Player of the Week and garnered the doubles honor on a pair of occasions  … Clinched a trio of Tribe wins during the regular season, including victories over Big Ten foe Maryland and Atlantic 10 Champion VCU … Also topped the Green and Gold with 14 doubles wins … With Perry, totaled a 10-6 record in dual-match play with five wins apiece at No. 2 and No. 3 … Named the CAA Doubles Team of the Week after downing Virginia Tech’s Nika Kozar and Nina Sorkin on March 6 … Named the CAA Doubles Team of the Week after winning its opening four matches of the season … Downed VCU’s Paola Delgado and Kanako Yano to help W&M to the doubles point and eventual win over the A-10 Champion … Selected ITA Scholar-Athlete … A W&M Provost Award recipient … Named to the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

Prep
Earned a career-high combined ITF Combined World Ranking of 429 in 2018 … The 2017 women’s champion of the Canary Islands … Won a trio of ITF Junior doubles championships in 2017 … Claimed the 2017 Babolata Cup title in Ukraine and won the ITF East African 18 & Under Junior Circuit event in Nairobi, Kenya in January of 2017 … Ranked No. 1 in the Canary Islands and top 20 U18 in Spain … Rated a career-best 64th overall in Spain in January … Competed in the ITF Women’s Circuit events in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the ITF East African 18 & Under Junior Circuit event in Nairobi, Kenya in January of 2017 … Won two qualifying matches and advanced to the round of 16 at the 22nd Tivoli Trophy in Timisoara, Romania in July 2017 … Won a pair of qualifying matches and advanced to the second round of the 2017 City of Wels Junior Grand Prix, Powered by EWW, a Grade 1 event in Austria … Advanced to quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles at the 2017 Luxembourg Outdoor Juniors Open … Was a doubles quarterfinalist at the 19th Serbia Junior Open in 2017 … An exceptional student with a GPA of 9.92 out of 10 … Earned a scholarship from the government to study English in Canada for three months.
 
Personal
Daughter of Vlado Saric and Marija Misic.

 

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