|Pollock inks four-star recruit|
MOSCOW - With only five players from the Idaho women's tennis team slated to return for next season, recruiting is crucial to the team's success next year. And on day one of the spring signing period, Idaho coach Dan Pollock is off to a great start, signing Rita Bermudez, the No. 71 ranked women's tennis recruit in the nation according to tennisrecruiting.net, to a National Letter of Intent to become a Vandal next fall.
Bermudez, a senior at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson, Ariz., is also ranked as a four-star recruit, and won the Arizona Division II State Singles Championship as a high school junior last year.
"We're extremely excited that Rita has chosen to become a Vandal," Pollock said. "She is an excellent player with a record of top quality results against highly ranked opponents that speak for themselves. I expect her to have an immediate positive impact on our lineup next year."
Bermudez is also ranked as the No. 17 player in the Southwest and the No. 3 player in Arizona. Over the last year and a half, Bermudez has compiled a winning record against five-star recruits, including a win over the top-ranked player in the Pacific Northwest. She has also competed successfully at the United States Tennis Association Junior National Tournaments on several occasions.
"She is an aggressive competitor with a great work ethic and someone that is still hungry to improve," Pollock said of Bermudez. "Most importantly she's a great kid and I think she'll fit in seamlessly with the rest of the team on and off the court. I know she is excited to get started in the fall, and I can't wait to start working with her when she arrives on campus in August."
Bermudez has two older brothers who play collegiate tennis; Carlos, a freshman at Arizona, and Dominic is a sophomore at Northern Arizona.