Utah head coach Matt Iandolo announced the signing of Natasha Smith on Friday.
July 29, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's tennis team has signed four-star recruit Natasha Smith to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Matt Iandolo announced Friday.
"I'm very excited and feel very lucky to have such a high-calibur player like Natasha join our program," said Iandolo. "She will make an immediate impact in our program. I am looking forward to coaching her."
Smith attended Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., where she played under coach Keri McBride and was a two-time MVP after going undefeated in the No. 1 singles position. Smith ended her prep career ranked 67th in the nation and 15th in California. She also played first and third base for the Wilson High School softball team and was a member of the cheerleading team.
"I'm so excited to be a part of the Utah tennis program," Smith stated. "It worked out perfectly for me. When I visited campus, I met the girls on the team and got to know [Iandolo] and thought he was a great coach and a great guy. It just felt right."
Smith attended the Jose Higueras Tennis Academy in 2006-07 and earned the Sportsmanship Award at the Clay Court Supernationals.
Smith is the Utes' third signing of the year, joining Danielle Flores and Sammie Watson to form Utah's 2011 signing class.