EL PASO – The UTEP tennis team has made plenty of strides recently under head coach Jamie Campbell, and to sustain the run she has secured national letters of intent from a pair of international standouts. Dariya Abdrokhmanova will join UTEP in time for the 2010 dual-match season while Kristina Kinarkina will arrive in El Paso ready to compete in the fall 2010 slate.
Abdrokhmanova is a native of Samara, Russia, and she will have four years of eligibility with the Miners. She will join the Orange and Blue out of Samara Sport Liceym, and the right-handed player has quite a pedigree.
She won regional championships in both singles and doubles in 2008 & 2009, and has been a member of the All-Region Team since 2004. The efforts have garnered her placement as high as 36th in the nation for 16s singles. Other accomplishments on the court include guiding her squad to a third-place showing at the 2003 Russian Team tournament.
Abdrokhmanova also boasts accolades for academic achievement, having earned awards entitled “The Diploma” as result of excelling in biology and physical education classes.
“Dariya is an extremely powerful player who will immediately impact the top of our lineup in both singles and doubles,” Campbell said. “She brings a great deal of international playing experience to our team. She is also an excellent student. She will transition smoothly and handles the demands of being an NCAA Division I tennis player.”
Kinarkina, who is originally from Tula, Russia, has made a name for herself while playing for the Niagara Academy of Tennis. The academy is located in Vineland, Ontario, Canada. She boasts a rating of 22nd in the 18s of the Ontario provincial rankings.
The right-handed player has competed at several prestigious international events, advancing to the quarterfinals in two of the tournaments. Kinarkina has forged a mark of 8-4 during the 2009 season, with a pair of those triumphs coming in a highly-competitive tournament in October.
“We are very excited about the early signing of Kristina to the UTEP tennis program for fall 2010,” Campbell said. “She is an explosive, all-court player who will be a force in Conference USA. She will add great depth to the top of our roster.”