Women's Tennis Adds Four-Star Recruit
Nov. 13, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Jovana Kuljanin signed a National Letter of Intent with Boise State women's tennis Friday, head coach Beck Roghaar announced. Kuljanin (Murrieta, Calif.) is originally from Serbia, but moved to the United States at 14 and has blossomed into a four-star recruit. She ranks No. 146 in the latest TennisRecruiting.net national rankings and is a 9.17 in the Universal Tennis Rating System.

"Jovana represents everything Boise State women's tennis is about," said Roghaar. "She's a really special young lady who brings not only a great game to the table, but countless intangibles that make her and those around her better every day."

A decorated student and athlete, Kuljanin will come to Boise State with impressive credentials. Before leaving Serbia prior to high school, she earned `Student of the Generation' distinction for being her area's best overall student from elementary through middle school. This came in addition to multiple national awards for academic competitions. On the court, Kuljanin ranked No. 40 nationally.

Upon moving to the U.S., Kuljanin began high school at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Georgia. She was voted Team MVP and all-conference. The following year she moved to Nevada where she competed in the Intermountain Region. Since moving to Southern California, Kuljanin has reasserted her academic and athletic prowess at Murrieta Valley High School.

She has been honored for achievement in chemistry, pre-calculus, Spanish and U.S. history. A Southwestern League champion in singles, Kuljanin will play in the state tournament later this month. In the last year she has jumped 100 spots in the Southern California rankings.

"She will never be outworked and brings a maturity and strong blue-collar work ethic that you just don't see many players her age capable of," said Roghaar. "Her road to college tennis isn't typical and the fact that she has made it happen is a testament to her strength and steadfast dedication to getting that she wants. I love this young lady's attitude and know that she will be a big part of helping to get our program where we believe we can go."

Why Boise State? "Boise State has a group of hard-working athletes and coaches that are giving their all every day. I chose to be a Bronco because Beck and Kristian (Widen) are the most passionate coaches I've ever met. Boise has a beautiful and safe environment, vivid campus life, great educational opportunities and, most importantly, a great chance for me to grow as a person and a tennis player. I am excited to represent such a beautiful place and do great things as a part of Boise State women's tennis team. I am greatly excited to be part of the team and make memories with my second family."

Why I love tennis: "Tennis is my life. Good and bad, tennis has always been there. I love the fact that there is no end. You can always work harder and better. Like in life when years are made up of seconds; every match is made up of points that are chances to grow and improve."

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