Posted by Jordan Alves - Tue, Aug. 27, 2013 - [Tennis]
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - With the 2013 school year kicking off yesterday, most fall athletes and coaches have already been putting in long workdays since Aug 9. Campbellsville men's tennis head coach Kyle Caven has especially been busy this summer with the addition of five new varsity recruits.
"We are very excited about the new guys coming in," said Caven. "We have five guys coming in our system to join an already talented returning class."
Amongst the top five recruits that are going to be competing for varsity spots are Zach Baulch, Nathan Boniel, Johan Fuzellier, Parker Jones, and Ben Ward.
Queensland, Australia native Zach Baulch is entering his freshman season with the Tiger tennis team. He was offered a scholarship to play tennis at one of Queensland's prestigious GPS high school.
Baulch ended his senior year of high school with only one singles match loss and helped lead his team to a second place finish.
"I quickly developed a love for the team concept, and the rivalry amongst the school involved in the GPS competition," said Baulch.
Nathan Boniel is also a freshman from Australia. Boniel represented New South Wales in the Pizzy Cup for 2011 and 2012. He helped lead the team of eight players to national tournament wins in both seasons.
Boniel also received the Australian Merit Award for National All School Sports Tennis. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Blue Award of New South Wales Catholic Combined Colleges and ranked No. 235 in the Australian men's rankings.
Johan Fuzellier is also coming in as a freshman and is from Marseille, France.
Coach Caven is very excited about Fuzellier and his potential he will bring to the team. "Johan is talented and very quick. He started playing tennis full-time around 15 or 16 years old and has improved tremendously over the past few years. He has a lot of momentum coming in with him this season and will provide great depth in our program. He works tirelessly to improve his game and his speed will cause problems for a lot of seasoned players in our league."
Fuzellier competed in 68 matches last season, posting a 41-27 record. He has moved up to be a Top 5 player at his tennis club and plays with the prestigious Team One in nationals.
Parker Jones, who stands at 6'3" comes to Campbellsville from Ogden, Utah. Jones brings a winning tradition with him to CU and was ranked No. 1 player under 16 years old and also No. 3 under 18 years old in the state of Utah. He led his high school team to semifinals of the state championship in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
"Parker is extremely talented and with some detailed work and developing his body, he is going to make an immediate impact not only for us but in the NAIA. We are very excited to have him a part of the Tiger Family," Caven said.
The final varsity recruit for Caven is Ben Ward out of San Diego Mesa Junior College. Ward had an overall record of 20-19 in singles and 19-11 in doubles at SDMJC.
"Ben helped us win PCAC Titles in No. 3 and No. 4 in a row," said SDMJC head coach, Mike Hootner. "We (SDMJC) went 16-0 during his two years here in PCAC play with Ben playing in six singles sports and all three doubles spots."
Ben's competitive edge and knowledge of the game will help the younger guys coming in as well.
"Ben brings a lot of knowledge to the court and with his winning mentality we expect him to be a top player for us the next two seasons," said Caven. "He is a fiery team guy that is very vocal and sold out for the good of the team."
The five new players on campus are being mixed with a good returning class that is committed to excellence on the court and in the classroom.
"We feel like we have something special this year moving forward, said Caven. "Hopefully we can put it all together."
The Tiger Tennis JV team is also looking strong for the 2013 season. After adding three more players to solidify and add depth to the team, Caven will have a lot of different options to choose from the rest of the year.
"We have a great group of guys," said Caven. "All three of our incoming JV players have had good success in their respective regions and are all great people to be around."
Tad Skaggs, Luke Salyers and Hunter Pierce all have been added to the roster and are on campus.
"Tad Skaggs is from Elizabethtown, Ky. and played for Central Hardin High School," said Caven. "Luke Salyers and Hunter Pierce are both from Casey County High School. All three guys will join our line up and help solidfy our roster."
Caven also coaches the Lady Tiger tennis team at CU and has added a few recruits for the JV team as well.
Jaclyn White is from Paducah, KY and Laura Poe from Maysville, KY. Both are expected to come in and play on the JV team and help improve the program. Poe is actually on the JV women's soccer team as well.
"They both are great girls from established tennis communities," said Caven. "We are excited to have them join our JV team and help improve the foundation set by past players."
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