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

Recruiting Update
Melissa Saiontz - Hold that Tiger!
by Julie Wrege, 9 November 2005

Everyone expected the college decision for Melissa Saiontz (Miami, FL) to be an easy one. Conventional wisdom said that Saiontz would be heading to Cambridge, Massachusetts to play tennis at Harvard. She always assumed that she would follow in the footsteps of her family - both her parents and her older brother are Harvard graduates.

Evert $10K Satellite   © 2003 Jeff Davies
But Saiontz kept her options open and considered other schools. Last month, in our Blue Chip Roundup, the highly-regarded senior named Duke and Stanford as schools of interest in addition to Harvard.

But college recruiting can be a wild ride. Princeton University came into view "late in the fourth quarter", and in the end, the Tigers were able to lure her away from their Ivy League rival. Saiontz has decided to commit to Princeton, and she will finalize her decision later this year. (Note that the Letter of Intent does not apply in the Ivy League - Saiontz's acceptance cannot be finalized until Princeton's Early Decision process concludes in December.)

The 5'6" right hander is an amazing competitor - according to Lynne Rolley, Saiontz's private coach in Miami.

"Melissa has accomplished so much as a junior that she is now exploring tougher competition this year. She is a very mature, all-court player. Melissa has worked quite hard on her groundstrokes this past year. Her backhand has always been good, but I would now call it great - and her forehand has become more of a weapon."

Recently, I had a chance to visit with Saiontz, where we discussed both her junior career and college selection.

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!
 

 
BECOME A FAN
 
  Help build our following.
 
  Follow us on Facebook
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
 THE LATEST FROM TENNIS EXPRESS
7/31 Happy birthday to Victoria Azarenka! She turns 25 today. See her fun, funky @NikeTennis gear
7/31 Serena is back! And she's debuting some fashion-forward new @NikeTennis gear. Shop here
7/30 We're loving the new "stealth" @adidastennis collection. What do you think? See it here
7/30 The Racquet Review of the Week is here! The new HEAD Tennis Graphene Extreme MP is a must-try for the modern player
 
 

Page updated on Thursday, June 19, 2014
Contact our web team with any corrections