Salt Lake City – The University of Utah men’s tennis team announced the signing of Santiago Sierra Rodriguez on Monday. Sierra hails from Mexico City where he attended Kafka High School. He will join the Utes in the fall.
“Santiago is a player with a lot of growth potential and has a great work ethic,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “I’m very excited to have him on the team.”
As a junior player in Mexico, Sierra ranked in the top 10 in the nation (18 and Under). He is a three time runner-up at nationals in Mexico and earned career high ITF ranking of 430. He has had great success in ITF doubles tournaments, winning three doubles titles.
Sierra plans to pursue a major in engineering while achieving athletic and academic goals. “Getting into a top college has alway been one of my goals. My next challenge is to help my team reach a higher level,” said Santiago, “My inspiration are my family, coaches and friends. Thanks to them and a team effort I am where I am today.”
Sierra ultimately committed to Utah because it is “a big challenge academically and athletically.”
Santiago’s father, Gerargo, and his mother, Angelica, both graduated from universities in Mexico and reside in Mexico City. Athletic genes run in the family, as his grandfather was a running-back on the Texas A&M football team.