May 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Interim head tennis coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins has announced the addition England's Lolade Ogungbesan to join the Panthers in the fall of 2013.
"I'm very excited Lolade has chosen the University of Pittsburgh," Kissell-Eddins said. "She had a great junior career and has been training at a very high level. Her dedication and work ethic will allow her to adapt to college tennis right away and take her game to the next level. I look forward to seeing her immediate impact on our team this fall."
One of the top junior players in all of England, Ogungbesan brings a wealth of international experience with her after playing for the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
As a junior, Ogungbesan ranked No. 1 in her county and was Top-5 in the country for her age group before leaving England for a place in the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain. While at the Academy, she was able to train with Stefan Ortega, the former coach of Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Ogungbesan reached the semifinals of the ITF in Malta, and has also competed on the women's circuit where she played singles and doubles in the main draw of events around the world.
Along with excelling in tennis, Ogungbesan is also a competitive runner and placed fifth overall at the Surrey School Championships.
Despite playing on the ITF and the women's circuit, Ogungbesan has found time to focus on her academics. She has been on Honor Roll since 9th grade and just published her second book in May of 2012.
"I chose Pitt because of the balance between its high level of academics and tennis, and I look forward to being a part of a great team," Ogungbesan said.