LARAMIE — Wyoming women’s tennis coach announced the addition of two players Friday, joining Zarah Mughal, who signed with the program earlier this spring.

Oleksandra “Sasha” Balaba of Brovary, Ukraine, was a National Ukraine Championship finalist in both singles and doubles. She reached No. 459 in the International Tennis Federation ratings.

“Oleksandra is a highly touted recruit ranked top 500 in the world and a Ukrainian champion,” head coach Dean Clower said in the announcement. “I am more than excited to get her here on campus and develop her even more. After numerous conversations with her I believe she is excited and a perfect fit for our program. She will be an immediate impact in the line-up in both singles and doubles.”

Clara Mansart of Parisaine was a four-time regional top player of the year. She attended Lycee Jean De La Fontaine High School, and her team was the top team in the region three times. She was ranked No. 10 regionally by the Universal Tennis Rating.

“Clara comes highly recruited by way of France,” Clower said. “She is extremely athletic and has intangibles that you can’t teach. She has the potential to be a great doubles player for us because of her athletic ability and will also be an impact player in singles. Clara is excited to come and her mentality and attitude will fit in perfect with our program.”

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Brandon Foster is the Star-Tribune's managing editor. He joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 as the University of Wyoming sports reporter after graduating from the University of Missouri and covering Mizzou athletics for two years.

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