Baylor director of women’s tennis and head tennis coach Joey Scrivano announced his third signee of the fall with Argentinian Paula Barañano joining the Bears in January. Barañano signed and is immediately eligible as a freshman for the spring of 2019, joining recent signees Alicia Herrero Linana (Manuel, Valencia Spain) and Mel Krywoj (Lobos, Argentina).
Barañano hails from Mar del Plata, Argentina and is an experienced player in the ITF circuit. She ranked as high as 799 in singles play in September and comes to Baylor with a No. 903 ranking. In doubles, she’s also cracked the top 1,000 entering Baylor with a No. 944 ranking and a career-high of 926.
She chose Baylor over UCF and said that she felt being a Bear was the best choice for her development.
“When I was given the opportunity to study at Baylor I didn’t hesitate for a second. I know this is the right place to improve my tennis skills, work hard and enjoy the process with my teammates and coaches,” she said. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be a Baylor Bear and will give my best effort each day to make an impact of this team.”
Barañano’s addition will bring the Baylor roster to nine players, and Scrivano expects the three signees to make positive impact on the program.
“We are thrilled to welcome Paula to campus and excited that she chose Baylor to continue her academic and athletic career,” said Scrivano. “She is a tremendous player, and she along with Mel and Alicia, will improve the future of our program.”
The Bears debut in 2019 on Jan. 12 at Hawaii, and Baylor’s home opener is Saturday, Jan. 19 when the Bears host to UTRGV and New Mexico in a doubleheader at the Hurd Tennis Center.
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