New Hanover standout among UNC-Wilmington tennis newcomers

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WILMINGTON — The University of Carolina Wilmington men’s tennis team has added more talent to a roster that has produced four Colonial Athletic Association championships and five NCAA berths over the last nine seasons.

Among the three newcomers to the team heading into the 2016-17 campaign is former New Hanover High School standout Marshall Waren.Waren

“Having Marshall come to UNCW represents something very special to me,” said UNCW Tennis Coach Mait DuBois. “He has grown up around our program and is absolutely passionate about Seahawk tennis. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I remember Marshall running around the courts and waving the UNCW flag.”

Waren is among the Top 10 ranked junior tennis players in the state and listed in the top 200 by Tennisrecruiting.net. He went undefeated his senior year for New Hanover, voted all-area and Player of the Year.

“He has had a lot of success in the juniors with very little competition and players to train with,” DuBois added. “In the last couple of years he has really grown up and displayed an impressive work ethic. He has a lot of tools that will help him become successful in college tennis, including a big forehand and serve. He is our first local recruit and I am very excited to see what he can do with the right training and practice environment.”

Waren was highly recruited among the collegiate ranks and chose his hometown UNCW over Old Dominion, UNC Asheville, Appalachian State, Presbyterian and Armstrong State.

“I chose UNCW because I wanted to maximize my potential as a tennis player,” Waren said. “I want to be part of a rich tradition and be coached by the best staff in the country. The opportunity to train with great players, while pursuing my academic interests is a great opportunity.”

The Seahawks closed out the 2015-16 season with a 12-9 record, including 7-1 at home, and advanced to the championship match of the CAA Tournament for the sixth time. UNCW finished the season ranked No. 73 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and senior Santtu Leskinen earned an invitation to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships in Tulsa, Okla.