February 9, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Kathleen Pienaar has signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Cougar women's tennis team next season.
The Bellville, South Africa native competes in both tennis and field hockey at the Stellenberg School. During her senior season, she became the first student-athlete ever to achieve highest honors in two different sports in the same year.
WSU coach Cari Groce is excited to have the addition of Pienaar to her lineup next year. During her recruiting trip to South Africa, Groce quickly sought out the 5-foot-5, 132 pound tennis phenom. Pienaar is ranked as a top 5 singles player and No. 1 doubles player in South Africa.
"She has a great attitude and an exciting style of play," Groce said. "I project her to play in the top three singles and in one of our top doubles combinations."
Outside of athletics, Pienaar is active in the school choir, student council, and volunteers as a Sunday school teacher.
"We are thrilled that she chose WSU over other top SEC schools," Groce said. "I'm confident she will have a huge impact on the current team's chemistry and will bring multiple strengths to the court."