Fausthyara Pietersz (photos courtesy of Neal Trousdale)
Nov. 21, 2011
Fausthyara Pietersz of the Sagemont school in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. has signed a national letter-of-intent with the University of Louisville to continue her tennis career.
"To say I am excited about her joining the University of Louisville women's tennis program would be a major understatement. My assistant coach Stefan Naughton and I have had our eye on Fausthy for almost four years now, basically since I took over the program and she is finally going to get here next fall, " said Mark Beckham, U of L head coach. "Fausthy will be coming to us from the Bill Adams Tennis Academy where she is coached by Bill Adams and Damar Johnson. Damar is one of my ex-players from my time with the U of L men's team and he is very comfortable with Fausthy coming to the same place where he had a very successful career as one of the best to ever play at the University of Louisville."
Pietersz is a native of Curacao where she holds the No. 1 ranking in the country. Her best ranking in ITF junior tennis is 177 and she reached JITIC finals two year in a row, becoming the finalist twice in singles and also reaching the finals of the doubles one of those years. In the Junkanoo Bowl, she advanced to the doubles finals and at the beginning of this year, she reached doubles finals, partnering with Johnnise Renaud, in Ecuador G3. She also advanced to the finals in the doubles in the Costa Rica Bowl and won the Dutch Caribbean Juniors Open in 2011.
"Fausthy comes to us with a lot of international experience, with her being from Curacao she can only play international events but since she has lived in Florida for the past four to five years at the Academy, she comes across a lot of very good American players," said Beckham. " I believe that if she was from the U.S., she would probably be a Blue Chip recruit. She has multiple wins over Blue Chip-rated American players, two of whom signed this week with the University of Miami(FL) and Virginia, whose two programs are top 10 to 15 in the country. So Fausthy is going to have a big impact on our team, she is definitely going to help us get a level better. When you add her to the players we have returning for next year, this will be the most talented team I've had here since I took over the women's program. So we are very fortunate and excited to have Fausthy join the Louisville Women's Tennis family."