Marquette Signs Trio For 2016-17 Campaign
Jan. 19, 2016
The Marquette University men’s tennis team has announced the signings of prep standouts Brett Meyers (Naperville, IL), Brandon Shanklin (Miramar, FL) and Alexander Warstler (Cincinnati, OH).
“We couldn’t be more excited about Alexander, Brandon, and Brett’s decision to play their collegiate tennis at Marquette,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “All three have the qualities and characteristics that we are looking for to represent our program and Marquette.
“They are excellent students, outstanding players, and most importantly, really dedicated young men who are very committed to the hard work needed to be successful in all facets of their college career,” Rodecap added.
Meyers is a four-year letterwinner at Neuqua Valley High School and was elected team captain as a senior. A third team all-state honoree as a junior, he has been a member of three conference and sectional championship squads and owns an overall singles record of 73-12 through three campaigns.
“Brett has some really good intangibles that I believe will allow him to have success as a college player,” Rodecap said. “He is extremely balanced off of the groundstrokes, and really sees the court well. He has a very good understanding of how to construct a point, and makes very good decisions under pressure.”
Shanklin was named first team all-county as a junior after claiming honorable mention accolades as a sophomore at Somerset Academy High School. He has been the program’s No. 1 singles and doubles player every year and finished the regular season undefeated in singles in 2014-15. One of the top amateur players in the state of Florida for his age group, Shanklin has been ranked in the top-15 and as a finalist in the 2015 state doubles tournament.
“When I first saw Brandon play I was attracted to his motor and the energy in which he competes,” Rodecap said. “He is a great competitor, and knows how to manage a tennis match with composure. He has the ability to make adjustments in matches, and his movement allows him to play a relentless style of game.”
Warstler has been a member of two conference championship squads at Indian Hill High School and owns career singles record of 49-14 through his first three seasons. He has played No. 1 singles every campaign and finished fourth in the state tournament as a junior. Warstler was tabbed the league’s player of the year in 2014-15 and was the program’s most valuable player.
“Alexander is a very good athlete that has the versatility to play an attacking style that will be very beneficial as he transitions into college,” Rodecap said. “He is a tremendous worker and has put a lot of time in off the court which will allow him to come in and be a physical player for us next year.”
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