April 18, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Head coach Lisa Jackson and the UAB women's tennis team has signed three players to National Letters of Intent, it was announced on Thursday.
Paula Castro (Ecuador), Giovanna Baccarini (Brazil) and Pardis Kianoush (Great Britain) all signed with the Blazers and will be eligible to play in the 2013-14 season. The three signees will join Catherine Ragon, who signed with UAB in November.
Castro, a highly touted player from Ecuador, comes to UAB after receiving as high as a No. 2 national ranking in 2012. Castro had a career-best No. 338 international ranking by the International Tennis Federation and was ranked as high as No. 6 by the Confederacion Sudamericana De Tennis (COSAT) in the under-14 category.
A Brazil native, Baccarini comes to the Blazers after playing in three national tournaments in 2013. She won two of those and lost in the finals of the third tournament. Baccarini had a career-best ranking of No. 396 from the ITF and was rated as the fifth-best player in Brazil by the Brazilian Federation.
Kianoush, who joins the Blazers from Great Britain, was a two-time country champion in both singles and doubles. She helped lead her under-18 county team from 2009-2013, when her squad was the four-time national champion. Kianoush was the top-ranked player on those teams and received as high as a No. 16 national ranking during her career.
UAB, which is currently playing in the 2013 Conference USA Tournament, loses three seniors this season and will return five players who helped the Blazers to their best record since 2007.