July 17, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis women’s tennis head coach Bill Maze announced the recent signing of Samantha Martino to a National Letter of Intent. The Katy, Texas, native will begin competing for UC Davis this fall.
“We are very lucky to have Samantha joining us this season,” said Maze. “She is an excellent tennis player, particularly in doubles, and is a fantastic student. We are looking forward to giving her a warm welcome when she arrives.”
A four-year member of head coach Kevin McIlvain’s girls’ tennis team at Seven Lakes High School, Martino comes to Davis after capping a successful high school career competing in one of the toughest districts in the state.
In doubles action alongside senior teammate Nicole Breaux, the duo competed in five tournaments last spring and advanced to the finals of each event, winning three championships.
After winning a district double championship in 2010, Martino and Breaux recently captured a district and regional championship in addition to earning a No. 3 state ranking.
As a singles player, Martino advanced to the regionals on two occasions; after finishing as district runner-up with a No. 3 regional ranking in 2011, she won a singles district championship last year to finish her season ranked No. 4.
Martino joins a team that returns six student-athletes and was recognized by the NCAA for posting an APR that was among the top 10 percent in the nation.
During the 2013 season, UC Davis defeated two nationally ranked teams in Sacramento State and San Jose State and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big West Women’s Tennis Championships.