SEATTLE – Washington women’s tennis added two to its 2024-25 roster on National Signing Day today – McKenna Koenig and Carina Syrtveit.
Koenig, a grad transfer from USC, will be joining the Huskies after four seasons as a Trojan.
“We are thrilled that McKenna has decided to do her fifth year with us,” Head Coach Robin Stephenson said. “She is a person and a player that will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to us from playing in our same conference against the top teams in the country. It was very apparent throughout the process that McKenna is the right fit for our program and that our program is the right fit for her. Our visions for the next year lined up with where she wants to go with her game and how much team culture matters to her. She has so much room to grow and improve and I am beyond excited to get to spend a year with her and help her on her journey and see what we can accomplish together.
Koenig made her first appearance this season for the Trojans at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invite, where she picked up singles wins against Cal’s Makenna Thiel and Michigan’s Miller. Koenig also notched doubles wins over GCU and UCLA pairs over the weekend.
During the 2022-23 season, the Scottsdale, Ariz. native earned her first career appearance in the ITA’s singles rankings (No. 111), going 23-11 overall in singles and 10-7 in dual matches.
“I am super excited to be joining UW’s program and I’m looking forward to so many things! I’m excited to compete alongside some incredibly talented teammates and continue to develop my game from UW’s coaching staff. I know UW’s strong academic and athletic programs will set me up for success both on and off the court. Very excited for what’s to come!”
Syrtveit, an incoming freshman from Norway, is coming off wins in both the Norwegian senior and under 18 national championships this past summer.
“I am so excited for next year,” Syrtveit said. “Seattle is a long way from home, but it will be totally worth it. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible team. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone, and to start a new chapter in another continent.
I am so excited and pumped to be a Husky!”
Syrtveit’s current world tennis number is 15.0 and UTR 10, currently sitting at her career-high ITF professional ranking of 781.
She has made the quarterfinal in four of her last six ITF junior events.