The UTEP women’s tennis program and head coach Roberto Aspillaga have announced the addition of two student-athletes on Wednesday.
The Miners have added Milou Pietersz and Sophia Intert for the 2016-2017 season.
Pietersz, a transfer from Nicholls State, will most likely be playing primarily at Nos. 2 and 3 in singles for the Miners. The Arnhem, Netherlands native was a member of the Southland Conference Regular Season Co-Champion team in 2015.
“I chose to transfer to UTEP as I believe that a program like this can maximize my full potential,” Pietersz said. “I had good contact with some of the team members and a good click with coach Aspillaga.”
Pietersz was ranked No. 78 at the Dutch Open for all ages, as well as a career-best No. 6 ranking in juniors. Her father has worked as a coach for various tennis federations, including the Netherlands, Malasya as well as Sri Lanka.
” I am extremely excited to have Milou join the team,” said Aspillaga. “She is a strong competitor and an excellent teammate, two of the most important traits that we look for when recruiting new players. I got the chance to see Milou compete and saw the way she interacted with her teammates back in 2015 (while coaching at SFA), when we shared the Southland Conference regular season title with Nicholls State. I was very impressed with her from the first minute and I know she will not only make us better on the court, but will also help us become a stronger and closer team moving forward.”
Intert has a current junior ranking at No. 24 as well as a National Open ranking of No. 99 in Germany.
“I am so happy that Sophia is joining us,” Aspillaga said. “She is an incredibly nice person and an excellent student and tennis player. It is always exciting to add a player of the caliber of Sophia who already has a background playing team tennis. She will contribute to our depth and team chemistry immensely.”
The Hamburg, Germany native won the Sparda Bank Cup and Ostee Cup in 2016, taking down multiple Top 100 players from Germany. Her sister, Amelie Intert, plays in the pro circuit, while her other sister Luise Intert is an All-Atlantic Sun First Team selection at the University of North Florida.
“I am really excited to join UTEP,” said Intert. “Here in Germany, team tennis is huge and I really enjoy playing for my club. I am looking forward to joining my new team and starting a new chapter in my career in the U.S. I chose UTEP because every aspect regarding academics and the tennis program at UTEP seemed a perfect match for me.”
Both players will join a UTEP team that finished last year with an 11-10 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in Conference USA.