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Bulldogs Welcome Three First Years

Jessie Gong (left), Kathy Wang (center), and Raissa Lou (right)
Jessie Gong (left), Kathy Wang (center), and Raissa Lou (right)

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Yale women's tennis team will welcome one of the best recruiting classes in the nation this fall, with Jessie Gong, Raissa Lou and Kathy Wang set to join the Bulldogs. ranked the trio as the 22nd best recruiting class in the nation and the third best in the Ivy-League after only Columbia (No. 3) and Harvard (No. 4).

Gong is a five-star recruit from Vancouver, B.C. She has received a number of accolades recognizing her status as one of the best junior Canadian players, including the BC Junior Female Player of the Year. Gong has also represented Team Canada in a number of events, including a Canada vs. USA exhibition in Las Vegas. She was the Victoria ITF Junior Singles Champion and a finalist at U16 Canadian Junior Indoor Nationals. Her receiving the U18 Canadian Junior Outdoor Nationals Sportsmanship Award as well as captaining her high school team for two consecutive years show the strong intangibles she will bring to her new team in New Haven.

Lou is a five-star recruit from Pittsford, N.Y. She has ranked as high as No. 4 in New York and No. 25 nationally. Lou excelled at tennis from a young age, playing for her high school team while in seventh grade and winning All Greater Rochester Player of the Year in both seventh and eighth grade. She has also represented the eastern section three times at USTA G16 Zone team championships and once at USTA G16 Intersectional team championships.

Wang is a four-star recruit from San Diego, Calif., who has ranked as high as No. 26 in California for the class of 2018. She was the doubles champion of CIFs San Diego during both her first year and junior year in high school. As a result, she was named to the All-CIF Teams both these seasons. Wang also has experienced an immense amount of success as a leader, being named team captain and MVP her senior year while leading her squad to their 28th consecutive CIF team championship.

See below for more detail regarding the newest members of the Yale women's tennis team:


Jessie Gong

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.

High School: Hugh McRoberts Secondary School

Before Yale: Five- star recruit on… BC Junior Female Player of the Year… represented Team Canada at Canada vs USA event in Las Vegas… U16 Canadian Junior Indoor Nationals Finalist… Victoria ITF Junior Singles Champion… represented Team BC at Canada Summer Games… U18 Canadian Junior Outdoor Nationals Sportsmanship Award… captain of high school team during junior and senior years… named team MVP after her senior year.

Notes: Principal's Honour roll recipient in high school… volunteered at local tennis academy… plays piano and skiis… worked as science tutor… favorite sports team is the Vancouver Canucks.…

Why Yale?: "When I arrived on Yale's beautiful campus, I was instantly greeted with welcoming arms. The balance between academics and athletics is outstanding, which reflects what I aspire to achieve. As well, the team's' chemistry is prevalent, united, and supportive -- exactly what I look forward to in college tennis. Most importantly, I believe that at Yale, I will feel at home."


Raissa Lou

Hometown: Pittsford, N.Y.

High School: Pittsford Mendon High School

Before Yale: Five-star recruit on… ranked as high as No. 4 in New York and No. 25 nationally for the class of 2018… won all-greater Rochester Player of the Year in seventh and eighth grade… represented the eastern section three times at zone team championships… represented eastern section one time at the Intersectional team championships.

Notes: Honor roll from sixth grade through senior year of high school… graduated with honors… received national chemistry award from the Rochester chapter of the American Chemical Society as a sophomore... Also plays clarinet and piano.

Why Yale?: "And I chose Yale because I think it will give me the perfect opportunity to grow both as a student and an athlete. After being on campus just a few times, I felt a special sense of community and the people just seem happy to be there and I wanted to be a part of that."


Kathy Wang

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

High School: Torrey Pines High School

Before Yale: Four-star recruit on… ranked as high as No. 26 in California and No. 135 nationally for the class of 2018… Won San Diego CIFs in 2014 (first year) and 2016 (junior) in doubles… Named to ALL-CIF Girls Tennis Team in 2014 and 2016… High school team has won 28 consecutive CIFs team championships… Won SoCal Regionals in 2016… Named team captain and MVP senior year.

Notes: Volunteers with San Diego Wounded Warriors Program… AP Scholar with Distinction… also played basketball in high school… tutored biology.

Why Yale?: "I chose Yale because the combination of the academics and athletics was a no-brainer for me. When I visited, I found that the school felt like somewhere I could picture myself for the next four years."