Nov. 23, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis program has signed Ziad Sultan to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Marty Davis announced Tuesday. Sultan is the second top-notch recruit to sign with the Gauchos and his addition completes the early recruiting class for the program.
Sultan, a native of Kuwait, is 6-foot-3 and has a powerful serve that reaches 130 miles per hour. Davis believes that his overall game will develop and he will ultimately be a major factor for the Gauchos.
"Ziad has a huge serve," Davis said. "Overall, he has a big game and, once he develops it, could have a major impact on the UCSB program."
Sultan attends the American School of Kuwait in Hawalli. He has an ITF ranking of 390 and is ranked No. 1 in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He won the GCC U18 and U16 championships, and he has won three ITF doubles titles and reached the semifinals in singles of two ITF events.
Sultan joins a recruiting class that already includes Greg Scott (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS), one of the top high school tennis players in California, who previously signed with the Gauchos.