Alicja Zduniak and Penelope Abreu

Alicja Zduniak pictured on the left; Penelope Abreu pictured on the right.

Continuously prepping for next season, Illinois State University women's tennis head coach Maja Kovacek announced that Division I transfers Alicja Zduniak and Penelope Abreu are joining the team for the upcoming season.

"I'm really excited for Alicja and Penelope to bring their talent and experience to the 2020-21 squad," Kovacek said.

"They are both motivated to make the most out of their time as Redbirds and hopefully contribute to another championship run for our program."

Zduniak joins the Redbirds after serving it up at Coastal Carolina University during her junior year. Going 9-10 in single matches and 10-7 in doubles matches, Zduniak has one year of eligibility remaining as a graduate transfer.

"Coming to Illinois State is an amazing opportunity to pursue higher education and get my master's degree in Sport Management," Zduniak said.

"Being a member of the Redbird women's tennis team provides me a chance to compete at a high collegiate level and continue my tennis career. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow as a student-athlete and represent Illinois State in academics and athletics."

After two seasons at St. Bonaventure, Abreu heads to ISU with two years of eligibility remaining. Throughout her sophomore year, Abreu posted a 7-9 singles record and was 7-10 in doubles. During her freshman year, Abreu made quite the impression, picking up 13 singles win and 11 doubles victories.

"I chose ISU because I want more challenges on the court and to improve my game," Abreu said.

"We have a great opportunity here of winning our conference and making it to the NCAA Tournament, which is what every player wants. I look forward to the opportunity to be a Redbird and continue my collegiate career."

JAKE FOGAL is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @jfogal5

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