March 6, 2013
"We are very excited to welcome [Joanna and Alexandra] to the team," said Gomez. "They both come to Tech with plenty of experience in high-level competition in their own countries. They are both very humble and hard-working individuals who want to achieve so much on and off the courts, and they are a perfect fit on our team. I look forward to coaching both of them and them reach the elite spots of college tennis."
Nalborska is a native of Warsaw, Poland and comes to Ruston having been ranked as high as No. 1 in U12, U14, and U16 juniors in her home country.
She is a five-time Polish Super Masters Champion (top-eight players in Poland) and a two-time winner of the Tomaszewski Cup by Microsoft which was previously won by WTA's 4th-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska.
In 2011 and 2012, she won Poland's U21 Indoor National Championship in singles and was a doubles runner-up. She has been ranked as high as No. 256 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings and as high as No. 1009 in the WTA singles rankings.
Starkova joins Nalborska on the LA Tech tennis courts, hailing from Madrid, Spain.
She was a member of the Alboran and Race Madrid team championships and a two-time subchampion at the Spain Championship.
In 2012, she was a semifinalist at the Absolute Spain Championship in doubles and at the Motva Madrid Open. She has been ranked as high as No. 34 in the national rankings and as high as No. 1065 in the WTA singles rankings.
"[Joanna] has great weapons on both sides of the baseline and she is very strong, while [Alexandra] is very precise and smooth," said Gomez. "They are both smart players who will quickly adjust to the college format and will make a positive impact on the team."