Nov. 29, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Head women's tennis coach Gualberto Escudero signed two standouts to national letters of intent during November's early signing period. Anamika Bhargava (Collierville, TN / Houston HS) and Kimberly Haynes (San Diego, CA / Futures HS) signed national letters of intent and will enroll at Pepperdine next fall.
Currently ranked No. 56 in the country, Bhargava mostly recently won a doubles championship at the girls age 18 National Open and helped lead Houston High School to its first state championship in May. In 2005, she capped the year by winning the St. Louis Gateway Junior Championship and reached the quarterfinals at the USTA National Hard Court in doubles and the round of 16 at the USTA National Clay Court singles with a win over the No. 1 seed.
Bhargava also won back-to-back Tennessee State Championships as a freshman and sophomore and was awarded the "Most Outstanding Player of the Year" by USTA Tennessee in January 2005.
A doubles finalist in the Orange County Junior Championships, Haynes was named the "Most Valuable Player" in 2004 and 2005 for Futures High School. Last year, she was named to the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team after winning the Western League CIF.
Additionally, Haynes won the doubles West Coast Championships and was a finalist in singles. She placed third at the Women's National Championships and at the Interscholastic Championships, was a quarterfinalist at the National Open in Hawaii and a semifinalist at the Copper Bowl. Haynes was also named the "Rookie of the Year" her freshman year.