El Paso, TX - UTEP Tennis Head Coach Ivan Fernandez announced the addition of Kirsten Prelle, who signed her national letter of intent on Wednesday, for the 2018 campaign.
"I am very excited that Kirsten has decided to come play for UTEP next year," Fernandez said. "I had the opportunity to watch her compete last summer at a couple of ITF events. Even with her young age, she plays with great maturity and has tremendous court sense. Those are qualities that we always look for in recruits since they are so tough to teach."
The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada native has 11 Provincial Championship titles in her 12-year tennis career and was a part of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Team Alberta. The decorated 5-foot-9 righty is also the 2016 Canadian Junior National Doubles Champion and a finalist at the 2016 under-18 International Tennis Federation Vancouver tournament. Prelle is also a two-time doubles finalist in the under-18 ITF Saville and the 2014 Villers Sur Mer Champion in France.
"She has a lot of international experience and I know she will make an immediate impact when she arrives next fall," Fernandez said. "I was fortunate to meet some of her family and I know how important that is to her. I have always considered my team as my family. So I am honored that Kirsten has decided to be part of our UTEP Tennis Family. Congrats to her."
Prelle's drive goes further than the court, as she is a member of the Strathcona Leadership at her Strathcona High School and assists with the planning of major school events. She also spends time coaching junior and adult tennis programs in her community and volunteers at her tennis club for youth tournaments.
In considering her options to continue her tennis career, she was looking for a school with strong academic support for success in academics as well as athletics and a place where she can play outdoor tennis year-round. The relationship with the staff and fellow teammates was also a factor.
“From the faculty and staff, to the students I met on campus, UTEP felt like home and I knew this was where I wanted to spend the next four years," Prelle said. "UTEP has tremendous support for their student athletes and I know I will thrive here. I am excited to join the Miners and I already feel like part of the team. Coach Fernandez and my teammates will push me to be the best that I can be both on and off the court.”