June 14, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - First year men's tennis head coach Eric Steidlmayer and assistant Michael Meyer are proving their recruiting abilities right out of the gate, as the duo's opening class with the Aggies has been ranked No. 15 in the nation among mid-major schools by TennisRecruiting.net.
The Aggies are the third highest rated Big West Conference team on the list while South Florida, of the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East), took the No. 1 spot.
TennisRecruiting.net deems the following as mid-major conferences - the America East, American Athletic, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Great West, Horizon, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, SoCon, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, WCC and WAC, as well as all programs outside of Div. I.
The Aggies' highly regarded class includes three players set to enroll in the fall.
High school All-American Alec Adamson (Corona del Mar, Calif.) is the highest rated of the group, checking in at No. 49 in the nation and No. 15 in the state of California. The Aggies will also bring in four-star signees James Wade (San Marino, Calif.) and Bryce McKelvie (San Jose, Calif.).
Both Adamson and Wade had the fortune to wrap up their high school careers last week at the CIF Southern Section Team and Individual Tennis Championships.
Adamson led his Corona del Mar HS team to the CIF Southern Section Div. I finals this season before falling to University HS. In the championship match, Adamson posted a win over Tyler Lu, the No. 20 ranked player in the nation. He was defeated in the round of 16 in the CIF Individual Tournament after finishing second in the Pacific Coast League Tournament, which included another win over Lu in the semifinals. He was the first Corona del Mar HS player to advance to the CIF Individual Tournament out of the tough Pacific Coast League since 2008.
Adamson was named first team all-County by the Orange County Register after the season.
Wade guided San Marino HS to a Southern Section Div. II title over Palm Desert, 13-5. He knocked off two highly ranked players from Palm Desert in the title game. Wade defeated Austin Rapp (No. 61 ranked junior in the nation), 6-3, in his second match of the day and swept Abe Hewko (No. 43 ranked senior), 6-0, in the third and final match. The win helped San Marino HS avenge a loss to University HS in the finals of the regional championships in Ojai, Calif.
Wade carried his momentum from the team tournament into the individual tournament. Before falling to Gage Brymer (No. 2 rated player in the nation), 6-1, 1-6, 6-0, in the semifinals, Wade defeated Palos Verdes' Jake Douglas (ranked No. 43 in the nation), 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16 and Foothill's Stefan Doehler (ranked No. 58 in the nation), 6-1, 1-6, 6-0, in the quarterfinals. Wade's only three loses during his senior season were to Brymer.
"Everything this year has been a career best for (James) - season, Ojai and now CIF," San Marino head coach Melwin Pereira told the Pasadena Sun. "This is the way he should be going out in his high school career."
McKelvie, of Valley Christian HS, was ranked No. 362 in the nation as a sophomore but battled his way to a No. 160 singles ranking this season as a senior. He, along with doubles partner Bernardo de la Cabada, were runners-up at the Central Coast Section Tournament in May.
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