THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s tennis inked three future Yellow Jackets on National Signing Day, Byers Women’s Tennis Head Coach Rodney Harmon announced on Thursday.
“All three signees have very different styles of play and it is exciting to have those types of play coming in to Georgia Tech,” commented Harmon. “We are very excited about this group of players and what they will be able to bring to the team.”
Olivia Carneiro (São Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Saber)
Currently sitting at her career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 48 in the world, Olivia Carneiro most recently won the ITF J200 singles title in La Paz, Bolivia in October. Earlier this summer, Carneiro made semifinal runs at a pair of ITF J200s, and has also captured the singles title at the ITF J5 in Brazil in both 2021 and 2022. Meanwhile, on the doubles side, the São Paulo, Brazil native has taken four ITF junior doubles titles. Additionally, Carneiro was a Banana Bowl semifinalist in March 2023, and was a main draw participant in the 2022 Junior French Open and a qualifying participant at 2023 Junior Wimbledon.
“Olivia is one of the fastest improving players in the world in juniors,” said Harmon. “Currently at her highest junior ranking, she has had tremendous success lately, especially on clay, which will bode well for her playing outdoors at Georgia Tech. A tremendous competitor, Olivia is very strong and hits the ball really hard and clean. We are excited about having her on our team.”
Taly Licht (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Broward Virtual School)
A Blue-Chip recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Taly Licht has been ranked as high as No. 20 in the class of 2024 by Tennis Recruiting Network. In January 2023, Licht was a singles finalist in the ITF J100 Mexico and she was a doubles champion at the ITF J4Boca Raton tournament in October 2022. Licht brings international playing experience to The Flats having been a member of Team Uruguay in the Pan-American Games and Billie Jean King Cup in 2023. Licht currently trains at ONE Tennis Academy.
“Taly is one of the most talented ball strikers in the US in juniors currently,” noted Harmon. “She hits extremely clean and is able to generate a tremendous amount of pace. Taly plays an aggressive style of tennis and will fit well in the college environment because she can attack so well from all parts of the court.”
Scarlett Nicholson (Toronto, Ontario/Bill Crothers Secondary School)
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Scarlett Nicholson has…