Courtesy UK Athletics

The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team signed Carla Girbau, a University of Miami transfer from Barcelona, Spain, to the 2019-20 recruiting class, announced by head coach Carlos Drada. The program graduated one student-athlete at the end of the 2018-19 season, Justina Mikulskyte.

“We are very excited to have Carla join our program,” said assistant coach Federico Sabogal. “We’ve been recruiting her for quite a while. Her values as a person and her game and style are in line with our program. She has great character, she has goals of playing professionally and she desires to be the best student-athlete she can be, which is the type of athlete we look for at Kentucky. She is one of three Spanish athletes joining our program this upcoming season. We are excited to add her to our recruiting class and we can’t wait to get her on campus.”

Carla Girbau

University of Miami

Barcelona, Spain

·            Four-year transfer from the University of Miami

·            Recorded a 6-4 mark in singles during the 2018-19 dual season

·            Went 6-1 in her first seven collegiate singles matches, posting six consecutive wins

·            Logged singles victories in the first four dual matches of her career

·            UTR: 10

·            Court preference: Hard

·            Why she chose UK: “From the beginning, I fell in love with this team. The coaches and the players really get along with each other. They are good coaches, but at the same time, they are good people. I feel that at UK I can grow as a tennis player and a person. I feel that Kentucky’s values are ones that you need to be successful.”

·            Beyond tennis: “I love my family, food, music, movies, fashion, sports and especially supporting FCB. After college, I want to try to be a professional tennis player. I am also interested in the business world, so in the future I want to have my own company. My main goal at UK is to grow as a person, student and a tennis player. I want to finish my college career with the possibility to play tennis, or to start my work life.”

·            Team player: “I’m looking forward to a great chapter with my teammates, and competing for a national championship would be the best achievement! I love tennis because I love to win and compete. The satisfaction that I gain while playing tennis is one that is incomparable.”

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