SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's tennis program has signed top Hawaiian student-athlete Tayvia Yamagata to a National Letter of Intent (NLI), the team announced Wednesday.
From Kealakekua, Hawaii, Yamagata is one of state's top-ranked players, having been ranked as high as third by the United States Tennis Association. A three-star recruit, Yamagata is currently ranked 177 in the nation.
Last season, Yamagata became the first tennis player from Konawaena High School to take home the singles title at the Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) individual tennis championship in 17 years. Yamagata entered the spring 2017 tournament as the No. 1 seed and defeated the No. 2 seed for the title.
The championship win came one year after Yamagata took home the doubles title at the same tournament.
"It was a tough match and Keilyn (her opponent) put up a tough fight, but I was happy with the way I played," Yamagata said at the time. "To win a singles title after a doubles title means a lot to me. It is also good for colleges to see and I am happy about that."
The Sacramento State women's tennis program and head coach Cami Hubbs certainly saw.
"We are really excited to have Tayvia join the Hornet family next fall," Hubbs said about the program's latest signee. "With her strong work ethic, her drive, and her doubles skills, she will have an immediate impact on this program. She will be a great addition to our team."