May 24, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. -
Oklahoma State’s men’s tennis team kicked off the start of its 2013-14 recruiting campaign with the addition of four student-athletes, head coach Jay Udwadia announced Friday.
The new class includes three international students and the top player in Oklahoma.
“I’m very happy to have these recruits join our team,” Udwadia said. “This is the next wave of Cowboy Tennis, and there is some very good talent coming to the university.”
Germany native Sebastian Sachs highlights the class with a previous top-100 place in the men’s German rankings, as well as points in both singles in doubles earned in ATP matches. The 21-year-old has been ranked as high as 1,052nd in the world in the ATP World Tour Rankings.
Also hailing from Germany, Lucas Gerch will join the Cowboys this fall after winning the 2012 U21 Berlin Championship and finishing his junior career as one of the best young players in the country. Standing at 6’5’’, Gerch also holds an impressive spot in Germany’s men’s rankings, reaching the inside of the top 140.
“These additions will start to improve the overall level of the tennis program here at Oklahoma State,” Udwadia said. “The four players we have coming in are all stand-up kids who will fit in great with the OSU family.”
A third newcomer is in-state phenom Nathan Roper, a native of Edmond (Okla.) North High School. The United States Tennis Association and tennisrecruiting.net rank Roper as a four-star recruit, as well as the No. 1 player in the state.
Roper joins Chris Haworth as the second top-ranked player out of Oklahoma to join the Cowboys in the last three years. The Oklahoman also adds to the diversity of the Cowboy Tennis program, as the team now hoists five domestic players and six international members.
Also joining the OSU roster is Cameron transfer Nicolai Ferrigno. Ferrigno finished 22-2 in dual play last season in Cameron’s run through the NCAA Division II Tournament. His play at No. 1 singles throughout the year earned him a No. 18 rank in the latest ITA Division II rankings.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the recruits we have so far for the 2013-14 year,” Udwadia said. “Our program will keep fans involved with more possible additions and the future of Cowboy Tennis.”