|High School:||Methodist Ladies College, Burwood|
Stephanie Yamada was solid in her first season at UCSB...Went 9-7 overall in singles matches, including 3-2 in dual matches...Four of her five dual match appearances came at No. 6 in the lineup...Yamada was 15-11 overall in doubles, including 11-8 in dual matches...Played primarily at No. 2 doubles with Melissa Baker and the duo went 11-7 together, all in dual matches...Helped the Gauchos earn the doubles point in their NCAA tournament match against Kansas when she and Baker defeated Anastasiya Rychagova and Smith Hinton by a score of 6-3...At one point, Yamada and Baker won six straight doubles matches.
Yamada was the captain of her high school tennis team in 2014. She was the Singles Winner of Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association, which included all private schools in her state. Academicaly, Stephanie ranked in the top 85% in her state.
ITF and National
Yamada's ITF Ranking was 295, she was in the top 50 in all of Australia as a junior. Most notibally, Yamada was an ITF tournament Singles Semi Finalist in the third grade, and ITF tournament winner by grade four, the winner of the Australian Money Tournament, and qualified for the $10,000 WTA all as a junior. In doubles, she was a winner of 5 ITF tournaments between grades four and five.
Going into her Freshman year with the Gauchos, Yamada looks forward to play opponents from all around the world. She hopes to help the team become a close-knit family and to win the Big West Championship. Stephanie chose to attend UCSB thanks to the influence of her friend and now teammate Jaimee Gilbertson, for it's beautiful weather and location, and for the supportive team that UCSB was known to be last season.