Women's tennis welcomes five-member Class of 2021

Gretchen McMahon Photography
Gretchen McMahon Photography

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University women's tennis head coach Barbara Cilli is pleased to welcome five players this fall. The group will make up the Class of 2021.

"I am excited about this year coming up, having six new players, essentially," Cilli said. "This is a lot of talent to work with so we are looking forward to seeing how things shake out. The true test will be how they all compete this fall. That should give us some direction into spring lineups and pairings."

Gabrielle Bergeron | Quebec City, Canada | Cardinal-Roy

Before Bryant: Enrolled at Bryant in January 2017 and sat out spring season … Part of the Quebec provincial under-12 team … Ranked top 25 in Canada and best ranking of No. 3 in the Province of Quebec at the age of 15 in the under-16 category … Finished ninth at nationals in 2013.

Personal: The daughter of Martin Bergeron and Diane Bouchard, Gabrielle Bergeron was born on July 6, 1998.

Carolina Betancourt | Guaynabo, Puerto Rico | Commonwealth Parkville School

Before Bryant: A four-year letter winner at the Commonwealth Parkville School … Also lettered in softball, cross country and swimming … Helped her team to a runner-up finish at the sectional tournament.

Personal: The daughter of Raul Betancourt and Annette Perez, Carolina Betancourt was born on Aug. 16, 1999.

Arianna Oropeza Petersen | Weston, Fla. | Cypress Bay

Before Bryant: A four-year letter winner at Cypress Bay High School … Ranked No. 208 in the country by TennisRecruiting.net … Honor Roll.

Personal: The daughter of Rafael Oropeza and Irma Petersen, Arianna Oropeza Petersen was born on May 5, 1999 … Has one brother, Adrian.

Haley Pollock | Warwick, R.I. | La Salle Academy

Before Bryant: A three-year standout at La Salle Academy in Providence … Helped Rams win three-straight state championships … Captained team as a senior … Won deciding point in the state championship match … Won the sportsmanship award … First Team All-State and First Team All-Division as a junior … Won the state doubles championship … First Team All-State and First Team All-Division as a sophomore … Won the state doubles championship … National Honor Society member … National Spanish Honor Society member.

Personal: The daughter of Richard and Cheryl Pollock, Haley Pollock was born on Aug. 22, 1999 … Has one brother, Richard, who plays basketball at Salve Regina.

Caterina Luisa Rokke | Oslo, Norway | ES International School (Barcelona, Spain)

Before Bryant: Helped her school win the team championship in Catolonia, Spain in 2017 … Competed at the 2016 National Championships of Norway … Won the doubles and was a semi-finalist in singles … Competed at the 2016 ITF East Africa Junior Circuit U-18 … Runner-up in doubles and quarterfinalist in singles … Competed at 2015 ITF U-18s, reaching the semis twice in doubles … Competed in 2015 Norwegian Championships, reaching the semis in doubles and the quarterfinals at singles … Selected for Norwegian National Team Training (top six U-18 players in country) each of the last three years … Distinguished Tennis Scholar Award.

Personal: The daughter of Paul and Emaneula Noce Rokke, Caterina Luisa Rokke was born on Mar. 4, 1999 … Has one brother, Matteo.