The UNCW men’s tennis program earned a No. 23 ranking by recruiting analyst TennisRecruiting.net early this week.
The Seahawks, who have won four Colonial Athletic Association championships and advanced to the NCAA Regionals five of the last six years, secured their highest ranking from the website since becoming the league’s preeminent program.
“I feel very good about the talent and character we have in our incoming recruiting class,” said Head Coach Mait DuBois, the 2014 CAA Coach of the Year. “It’s a strong testament to how good this class can be that it was selected in the top-25 nationally. It’s the highest our recruiting classes have been ranked and I think it represents another step forward for our program. They are all quality players and will demonstrate the kind of character we look for in representing the university.”
The recruiting class for the Seahawks was ranked ahead of perennial top-25 teams Tulsa and Texas. The list included, in order, Stanford, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama, Duke, Miami, Fla., Washington, California, TCU, Dartmouth, Florida, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Princeton, Illinois, Virginia, BYU, Florida State, Northwestern, UNCW, Tulsa and Texas.
DuBois recently added three players during the spring signing period to go along with four who inked during the fall:
Javier Restrepo, The Ogburn School, Miami, Florida
Five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net. Ranked as high as No. 53 nationally this year and as high as No. 10 Nationally in junior career…Ranked as high as No. 233 in ITF Junior World Rankings. Won five rounds last summer at Clay Court Super Nationals, beating two top-20 players. Has played extensively internationally in almost all of the premier junior tournaments in the world.
“UNCW is the right place for me to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually,” Restrepo said. “The team has great potential and we have a chance to win the NCAA Championship. I don’t see a ceiling to what we can accomplish there. The sky’s the limit for us.”
Andres Torres, Cibercolegio UCN High School, Armenia, Colombia
Achieved ITF Junior World Ranking of No. 233, Highest ITF-ranked player from his home country of Colombia. Qualified for Junior U.S. Open in Fall of 2013.
“Andres brings a wealth of international experience with him,” DuBois said. “He has made a real surge in the last year with wins over some of the top juniors in the world. Some players level off as they enter college, but I’m very excited to see that Andres continues to get better.”
Spencer Arias, Florida Virtual High School, Sarasota, Florida
Son of former top-10 ATP professional Jimmy Arias. Ranked as high as No. 150 nationally by TennisRecruiting.net before switching over to ITF Futures events. Advanced twice in ITF Futures events.
“I chose UNCW because it was the only university that offered a great film school as well as a top Division I tennis program,” Arias said. “After meeting the team and seeing how dedicated the players and coaches are, there was no doubt in my mind that UNCW is the perfect place for me. I’m very grateful for the incredible opportunity to learn from some great teachers, coaches and players and hopefully gain the experience I want in tennis and in filmmaking.”