GREENSBORO, N.C. – Head coach Ale Guerra has announced the signing of two prep tennis players for the 2018-19 season. Hanna Giddings (Milton, Ga./Cambridge) and Erika Barquero (Caguas, Puerto Rico/Colegio Catolico Notre Dame) will join the women’s tennis team for the 2018-19 academic year.
“I am very excited to welcome Hanna and Erika to our Spartan family,” head coach Ale Guerra said “Katie (Hoch) and I are looking forward to working with them and watching them grow on and off the court.”
Giddings competed at Cambridge High School in Milton, Ga., where she was a four-year letter winner under the Bear’s head coach Jennifer Schultz. She has gone 42-1 in singles play during her three-year tennis career at Cambridge High. She has lost just seven sets during her career and didn’t lose any during her sophomore season, going 20-0. She earned the Freshman Bear Leadership award, as well as earning team Most Valuable Player honors in her first three seasons.
The Cambridge High tennis program has experienced a run of success with Giddings on the court. She led the Bears to a 5A State Championship as a freshman, and a 6A state semi-finalist as a sophomore. Her junior season saw Cambridge win the 6A state championship, along with being named the 6A region runner up. Her team won 6A and 5A Region Champions in 2015 and 2017, respectively. She was an academic scholar athlete during her first three seasons, served as a new student liaison, and was part of the FCA national charity league.
She competed for Universal Tennis Academy during her club career under coach Stewart Russell. She competed at the USTA Junior Team Tennis where she was a National Champion in 2017. She intends to major in kinesiology and is the daughter of Derek and Pam Giddings. She has a younger sister, Claire.
Barquero joins UNCG after a decorated career at Colegio Catolico Notre Dame in Caguas, Puerto Rico where she played under Renato Gonzalez. She earned six varsity letters, playing on varsity since she was in seventh grade. She lead the Knights to back-to-back PRHSAA state championships in 2013 and 2014 as well as a PRHSAA runner-up finish in 2016 and 2017. She was a four-time team captain.
Barquero competed for the Advanced Tennis Academy under coach Juan Carlos Fernandez. She was named to the 2017 USTA Junior Leadership Team, as well as winning the 2017 doubles and mixed doubles Championship in Puerto Rico’s National Championship. Also in 2017, she was the girls 18 USTA sectional champion in singles and doubles play. She was a finalist in the 2016 Copa Palma Del Caribe, played at Humacao, Puerto Rico. She finished third in the 2016 junior Fed Cup North/Central American & Caribbean Final qualifying in Boca Raton, Fla. Barquero earned the 2016 sportsmanship award at Puerto Rico’s nation championship and was a finalist at the 2015 doubles at the Fed Cup Central America & Caribbean Pre-Qualifying at El Salvador before winning the doubles titles at the ITF junior events in El Salvador.
Barquero is the daughter of Jose Barquero and Brenda Sotomayor and has two older sisters, Paulina and Valeria. She plans to major in kinesiology.