Head coach Mat Iandolo
April 30, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY- The 40th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis head coach Mat Iandolo has announced the signing of 4-star recruit Sarah Pham to a National Letter of Intent.
"We are very excited to sign Sarah," said Iandolo. "She has a fair amount of international playing experience and will make a real difference in our program."
Pham, originally from Philadelphia, Pa., joins the Utes from Riverview, Fla. where she has been living and training for the past few years. She played one year at the Nick Bolletierri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. before leaving to work with several Florida-based private coaches while attending Allendale Academy.
"I felt like Utah was the right fit for me because I liked everything about the U," stated Pham. "I love the beautiful campus, the young atmosphere and the dorms. Most importantly I really liked Coach Iandolo and the girls on the tennis team. I've always wanted to be in Utah because Salt Lake is like my second home, but what really sealed the deal was Utah's amazing team and coach."
Pham brings both national and international experience after netting numerous wins over top while competing in ITF and UTSA juniors tournaments. Pham upset 16th-seeded Giovana Magnifacio of Mexico in a 2008 ITF tournament in El Paso, Texas in the round of 64 before making it to the round of 16. In April of 2009 at the USTA International Spring Championships Qualifying Draw she swept all three of her matches including upsets over eighth-seeded Carmen Sandor of Canada and twelfth-seeded Thien Trang Nguyen to advance to the championship main draw round of 64. On her way to the main-draw quarterfinal round at the USTA National Open in 2008 Pham netted a win over Ebie Wilson in the round of 32. In the consolation-draw quarterfinals she topped Kerri Frankenberger before moving into the consolation semis.