July 2, 2012

Men's tennis adds three

GREELEY – The 2012 recruiting class for Northern Colorado men’s tennis head coach Tim Bearman looks like he went down the list and said “I’ll take one of these kinds of players, and one of those and one of those.”

He added one high school player, one collegiate transfer and one international player to his roster for the 2012-13 season.

Bearman signed Mitchel Knight, the top-ranked player from the state of Oklahoma, to a National Letter of Intent. Knight is also currently ranked No. 163 in the nation and won four-straight Oklahoma state championships. He won the state 4A No. 2 singles titles in his freshman and sophomore seasons, won the 4A No. 1 singles title as a junior and went 25-1 as a senior en route to the 5A No. 1 singles championship.

“Mitchel has some real weapons in his serve and forehand,” said Bearman. “He’s also very capable of finishing points at the net, which is essential to having success at this level. The guy has won four straight Oklahoma state championships, he knows how to win. That experience of playing in pressure matches should translate well in adjusting to the college game. I am very excited to start working with Mitchel and he will be a great addition to the team. I am very optimistic about Mitchel and his immediate contribution to the team.”

The final addition to the roster is Jordan Faith, who is transferring from Tennessee-Chattanooga. Faith went 1-4 during the fall in singles and 3-1 in doubles with the Mocs. He and his partner won the UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic white doubles after he went 1-3 in singles and 1-5 in doubles as a freshman. Faith graduated from Grandview High School in 2009, and will return to Colorado and be immediately eligible with the Bears.

“Jordan has great upside,” Bearman stated. “His big forehand and solid serve and volleys should help Jordan find a place in the lineup. Jordan is another guy where I think his maturity will make an impact on the team. He’s coming from a very successful program and he knows how to work. I think that mindset will help him find his role with the team.

The international player coming to Northern Colorado is Eric Schuermans, who recently graduated from the International School of Brussels, but is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. In his final year, he placed second at the ISST Boys Championship.

“Eric has a strong all around game,” said Bearman. “I was impressed with his results and ranking in Belgium and his ability to communicate with me about what he was looking for in a University. His interest in making an impact on the team coupled with his academic interest in business made him a great fit here. What impressed me the most about Eric was his maturity on the court. In matches, he has a confidence and swagger that will help this team. I think Eric will be ready to contribute immediately and be a great teammate.”