GREENSBORO, N.C. –Eugenia Camacho, a transfer from Liberty, will be one of four newcomers for UNCG women’s tennis for the 2018-19 season. A sophomore with three seasons of eligibility left, Camacho will bring more than just her one season of collegiate experience to the Spartans.
A native of Guachipelin, San Jose, Costa Rica, Camacho has had the opportunity to represent her country in the Fed Cup for the last four years. The Fed Cup is considered the premier international team competition in women's tennis that was launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Fed Cup is the world's largest annual women's international team sports competition in terms of the number of nations that compete with over 90 countries in the 2018 Fed Cup.
A five-time national champion, Camacho’s first experience came as a teenager in 2015 while she was attending West College in Costa Rica. Each summer since she has been part of a three-member squad that has competed in Group II of the Americas Zone, and is the only one to be on the team each year.
“Playing for Costa Rica's national team was always a dream of mine growing up, and I always wanted to wear that shirt with my country on the back,” said Camacho. “I am thankful and feel blessed every time I step onto a court wearing it, and my team and I want to do as best as we can for our country.”
Camacho has played both singles and doubles in each of her four years. Competing in her debut in 2015, she recorded a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in doubles competition alongside Camila Quesada and then notched her first singles victory in a 2-1 win over the Dominican Republic.
“Eugenia is a great competitor,” said Costa Rican coach Andrea Brenes. “She is a great asset to our national team. We know that when she steps on the court, she will always give her absolute best.”
In 2017 Camacho played a key role in two Group II wins over the Bahamas (3-0) and Panama (2-1), winning both a singles and doubles match against the Bahamas.
This summer Camacho was part of a Costa Rican squad that had its best finish in its 28-year history in the Fed Cup. With 2-1 wins over Honduras in the first round and Boliva in the finals, the country finished third in Group II.
“I was very thankful to be called to play for my country this summer,” said Camacho. “I feel like it was a good tournament, and the team did really well overall with a third-place finish. We always want to win but we feel like we are closer than ever to getting there so it is really exciting.”
With three seniors graduating in the spring of 2018, the Spartans enter this year with just two upperclassmen. Head coach Ale Guerra will be counting on Camacho to bring her collegiate and international experience to be a stabilizing force for the squad.
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