Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

College Commitment
Countdown: Santamaria Heads to USC
Share:   

If Sabrina Santamaria wants something badly, she pursues it with full intensity.

She doesn't sit back and wait for someone else to make the first move.

Sabrina Santamaria will "stay home" at USC
© Doug Wrege, TennisRecruiting.net
The Los Angeles resident took the same approach to her college recruitment.

Santamaria knew the University of Southern California was her top choice, so she emailed head coach Richard Gallien with her playing schedule and past results.

Gallien came to watch Santamaria play a short time later, and eventually offered her a scholarship.

"It was really surreal to me. I never thought this would happen in a million years," Santamaria said. "To have your dream school recruit you - and actually want you - and offer you a scholarship - is pretty amazing."

Santamaria seemed destined to excel in tennis from the start.

Her parents, Ivan and Annie, immigrated to the United States from Panama and the Philippines, respectively.

They both took up tennis once they arrived, and met on a court in L.A. while they were practicing.

"It was kind of inevitable I would play," Santamaria said. "My dad pretty much started me out when I was 4, and I always wanted to go to the park to play with him and watch him. He has been my coach from day one, and I have been blessed it has worked out so well."

Santamaria does not fit the stereotypical image of a highly-ranked junior tennis player.

She has never belonged to a club, and developed her game on public courts.

She has always attended a traditional school and plays on the team at Campbell Hall, where she is also heavily active in Amnesty International.

"I need regular school to help me retain information and stay motivated, and it helps you learn how to interact with people," she said. "Plus, I love representing my community by playing high school tennis and I have a lot of pride for my school."

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
 
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
LOG IN
User Name
 
Password
 
 
Forget your password?
 
Register Now For Free!
NOT REGISTERED?
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!
 

 
 TENNIS EXPRESS GEAR GUIDE
 
Adidas NYC Gear - Halep, Kerber, Petkovic
 
A full size video with all related links is available on our store's YouTube Channel. To purchase from Tennis Express or to find out more, Click Here!
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
9/01 Ally McKenzie chooses St. Louis
8/31 Alex Ross chooses Vanderbilt
8/29 Gunther Matta chooses California
8/27 Kiersten Cox chooses Belmont Abbey
8/27 Risa Nakagawa chooses Georgetown
8/26 Victor Pham chooses Columbia
8/25 Alex Wittenbaum chooses Marian (IN)
8/24 Yuki Asami chooses Pacific
8/23 Sera Martorelli chooses Army
8/23 Genevieve McCormick chooses Army

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 WTA GEAR - SHOES
  Maria Kirilenko
 
adidas Women's Stella McCartney Barricade Tennis Shoes
Was: $125.00  Now: $119.95
Feedback
 
  Victoria Azarenka
 
NIKE Women's Lunar Ballistec Tennis Shoes
Buy Now: $165.00
Feedback
 
  Julia Goerges
 
FILA Women's Sentinel Tennis Shoes
Was: $100.00  Now: $89.00
Feedback, Video
 
  Flavia Pennetta
 
adidas Women's Stella McCartney Barricade Tennis Shoes
Was: $125.00  Now: $119.95
Feedback
 
 
 

Page updated on Saturday, August 30, 2014
Contact our web team with any corrections