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Countdown: Asami's Inside Track to Pacific

Yuki Asami had an inside source when it came to researching University of the Pacific.

Yuki Asami has committed to Pacific
Asami's friend, Francis Dean, is a member of the UOP women's tennis team, and Asami asked Dean several questions about the school and the program.

Once Dean realized Asami was interested in attending UOP, she told head coach Charlotte Scatliffe about Asami.

Emails were exchanged, and Asami was soon on her way to Stockton.

"After my unofficial visit it was pretty clear I wanted to go there," said Asami, a four-star recruit. "They provide everything that I wanted, and I fell in love with the campus right away."

Coach Scatliffe was one of the biggest reasons Asami chose Pacific.

"Coach Scatliffe was very supportive of me from the very start, and meeting her during my unofficial visit made me want to go to Pacific even more. She is very organized and has everything under schedule, which is what I like to see in a coach. Under her guidance, I feel like I will be able to develop immensely as a player."

Location was another factor in Asami's decision.

The Irvine native wanted to stay in California, but she didn't want to be too close to home. UOP also had the health, exercise and sports science program she was looking for.

"I really want to study that because I want to be an occupational therapist when I grow up," Asami said. "Academics was something I considered very important when I chose UOP because I have a set goal of what I want to do with my life in the future."

Asami started playing tennis when she was 6. Her older brother, Reo, was already winning tournaments, and she wanted to try and do the same.

"I started mainly because my brother was playing, and I followed in his footsteps," she said. "He was a really successful junior, and he was sort of my inspiration and motivation growing up."

Asami, a senior at University High, has trained at Woodbridge Tennis Club for her entire career and never strayed from tennis to try other sports.

"I just really like the competition, and I actually like the pressure because it makes the game that much more exciting," she said. "I love challenging myself and playing people who are better than me because I know I can also improve in one way or another."

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