Aiming for seven-peat, women's tennis adds four signees

Cosima Hoch is among the women's tennis team's new additions.
Cosima Hoch is among the women's tennis team's new additions.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT women's tennis team has captured six straight East Coast Conference titles.

A new cast of student-athletes will be needed to make it a seven-peat this fall.

Diana Baumgartnere​, Monica Borobia, Cosima Hoch and Barbara Quagliardi have signed with the Bears and will begin competing this fall.

The quartet will be needed to offset the graduations of Lena Dimmer and Alessia Rossetti, who combined to come within one win of a Division II national doubles title last fall.

Joining those newcomers are returnees Ivana Andric, Kaitlyn Byrnes, Antonella Lopez Alcerro and Ann-Kathrin Zilles. Zilles just joined the team this past spring.

"Despite half the team being new recruits, I'm still looking forward to a successful season," coach Owen Kassimir said. "I believe we will be as competitive as in the past — actually, even better."

The new additions have a European flair.

Baumgartnere is from Berlin, Germany. Borobia hails from Zaragoza, Spain. Hoch is from Bodolz, Germany. And Quagliardi is from Istanbul, Turkey.

Baumgartnere arrives as a sophomore after spending last season at Division II Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. She actually finished the academic year above Dimmer in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association nation singles rankings — No. 39, versus No. 45 for Dimmer.

Nonetheless, Dimmer set a high bar.

She recently was named a first-team Academic All-American and also was the ECC Player of the Year and ITA East Region Singles Player of the Year. She won the singles and doubles titles at the ITA East Region Championships on Sept. 25, 2017. 

Rossetti similarly was a first-team All-ECC selection this past academic year. She produced a 15-2 record in singles matches in 2017-18.