The Weil College Prep and Tennis Academy recently announced that 18 seniors have signed letters of intent and/or accepted scholarships to continue their education and dreams of playing NCAA college tennis at a four-year university.
Here is a sampling of what some of the college coaches have said about their new recruits:
Washington head men’s tennis coach Matt Anger, about Weil’s Alexis Alvarez (above) from Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico:
“We are all thrilled that Alexis will be joining our program next year. He has obviously had good guidance with his game as he already has clean strokes and can compete in singles and doubles. However, I think the number one reason we liked him so much were all of the stories about how professional he is with his approach to the game. Most young players don’t have that.”
Weil’s Brandon Lam of Westlake Village has signed with Big Ten school Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Here’s what Indiana head men’s tennis coach Jeremy Wurtzman said:
“Brandon has grown up in the Southern Cal section playing against the nation’s best. He has been a proven winner and I feel that his game will translate very well in the Big Ten Conference. He has also had great success on the doubles court which is huge in college tennis.”
Weil’s Connor Reardon (above) of Orinda, Calif., has signed with Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Linfield Head Men’s Tennis Coach Ben Belletto said this about Connor:
“We’re very excited to welcome Connor Reardon to the Linfield Wildcat tennis family. Connor had a great visit here and everything clicked, which is what you look for. I know that Connor’s game is continuing to improve and develop, and I’m excited to see what he can do here as we continue to set ambitious goals with our program.”
Weil Academy’s Hazuki Ogino (above) of the Japanese city of Ashiya in the state of Hyogo has signed with Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio on an Athletic and Academic Scholarship. Said Lexi Bolesky, Ashland women’s head tennis coach:
“Hazuki will be joining us following extensive college preparation at the Weil Tennis Academy. As a former coach at Weil, I know Hazuki will be more than prepared for all the challenges that college tennis brings. She has very solid technique and shows great mental toughness! We are very honored to have her join our program.”
Weil Academy’s Michael Chen (above) from Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, has signed with William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va. on an Athletic Scholarship. Here is what William and Mary Coach Jeff Kader had to say:
“Michael has a tremendous work ethic and great potential. Although he is from China, he has lived in California for the past two years training at the Weil Tennis Academy. The Southern Cal section is one of the toughest sections in the USA, so the experience Michael has gained while competing against these opponents has been a great asset in his development. Michael has also had great success on the doubles court, which will play a pivotal role in college tennis. We are very excited to have Michael join our program.”
Weil Academy’s Seira Shimizu has signed with Big Ten school Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., on a Full Athletic Scholarship. Shimizu is from the city Niiza in the state of Saitama, Japan.
Purdue Assistant Coach Anthony Nguyen had this to say about Seira:
“Head Coach Laura Glitz and I are very excited about Seira becoming a Boilermaker. She embodies everything we are looking for in a student-athlete. She is a good person, a very hard-worker and an absolute warrior on the tennis court. Seira will play a very important role in the future success of our program and will be a great representative of Purdue both on and off the court.”