2009 (Freshman): Joined Kentucky in January ... Played in five matches during the spring in singles and four in doubles ... In her collegiate debut earned a win against Winthrop in both singles and doubles to help sweep the Eagles ... Helped clinch the doubles point against Indiana with partner Whitney Spencer.
Junior Career: Attended Intec College and played tennis under coach Alet Nel ... She won South African Junior Nationals in singles and doubles ... Was chosen for the South African team to take part in the SASCOC tournament ... Has been ranked top-five in singles and doubles in the 2008 in the South African rankings.
Personal: Full name is Minnette Pienaar ... Has one older sister, Inalise (22) ... Was born on June 2, 1990 to Hannelie and Kleintjie Pienaar of Graaff-Reinet, South Africa ... Played hockey and rode horses competitively during high school on the Provincial teams ... Sister, Inalise, played tennis at Weber State University in Utah.
Coach Drada on Minnette Pienaar:
"Minnette's natural ability and competitive nature are great assets to her game. Her mental toughness and explosive game style will help her become a strong presence on the team and on the court."