SACRAMENTO — Continuing to bolster her roster in advance of the 2022-23 season, Sacramento State head women’s tennis coach Sophie Breault announced that Augusta University standout Julia Moraes has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to continue her academic and athletic career with the Hornets.

“We are excited to add Julia to our roster,” Breault said. “She is motivated and eager to join our team and make a difference at Sacramento State. Her solid baseline game and competitiveness will be the perfect last piece for our program.”

The green and gold runs in her blood as Moraes’ brother, Bernardo, competed for the Sacramento State men’s tennis team for two seasons in 2018 and 2019 after playing his first two years at Holy Names. 

Moraes wrapped up a stellar freshman campaign for the Jaguars in 2021-22, helping lead Augusta University to a 17-5 overall record and a 3-4 mark in Peach Belt Conference play. The Jaguars reached the semifinals of the conference tournament before falling to eventual tournament champion Columbus State, while spending most of the year ranked among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division II top 50, reaching as high as No. 30 in the nation on April 14.

The All-Peach Belt second team selection finished 19-1 overall in singles to rank second in the league in winning percentage, all coming at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. She reached as high as No. 20 in the nation in the ITA rankings on May 26, standing among the top 75 for seven consecutive weeks, while opening the year with 18 consecutive victories.

Moraes’ 19 wins were tied for second in the league and shared the team lead with teammate Claudia Borbon Roca, while the 19 wins at the No. 2 spot in the lineup were the most in the Peach Belt Conference. She finished 11-7 overall in doubles play, including a 9-2 mark alongside partner Clara DeMiguel at the No. 2 position which stood as the fifth-best winning percentage in doubles overall in the league.

Outside of collegiate competition, Moraes has been ranked as one of Brazil’s top 10 juniors, reaching as high as No. 5 in 2015 and claiming a national championship in both singles and doubles in 2019. A 10-time age group regional champion, she has also reached the semifinals in singles in an ITF J4 event and a doubles championship final in an ITF J5 tournament in 2021.

Now the third player to sign-on with the Hornets this spring, Moraes joins incoming freshman Lou Baudouin and East Tennessee State transfer Mayya Gorbunova.

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