Maryland tennis announced the addition of former five-star recruit Amber Policare on Friday afternoon. She played one season at Kansas before leaving for College Park.
Policare graduated high school in December 2016, and sat out the 2017 spring season with the Jayhawks. At the time, she was No. 1 in New York, No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic and the No. 27 player in the country. She was previously the No. 1 player in the Eastern Section in the under-14 and under-16 divisions and has been ranked as high as No. 16 in the United States in her class.
As a redshirt freshman in dual play (a higher pressure, no-advantage scoring format) in 2018, Policare went 3-5 in doubles and 2-8 in singles, where she played as high as the No. 2 spot and faced difficult competition. Kansas finished the season 18th in the ITA rankings and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
At Maryland, she’ll join a squad on the rise. After arguably the program’s best season in 2017, the team added five-star freshman Eva Alexandrova and a former All-Big 12 freshman in junior transfer Millie Stretton, and the Terps also returned much of their core for 2018 and beyond.
“We are very thrilled to add Amber to our team,” head coach Daria Panova said in Maryland’s release. “She is a strong player and will add experience to our roster with a year and a half of tennis already under her belt. She played for a strong team at Kansas and we’re excited for what she will bring to our team both on and off the court.”