Golden Eagles Add Pair Of Prep Standouts For 2010-11
Nov. 17, 2009
Milwaukee - The Marquette University men's tennis program has signed prep standouts Logon Collins (Tulsa, OK/Union HS) and Daniil Mamalat (Philadelphia, PA/William Penn Charter School) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Steve Rodecap announced Tuesday.
Collins and Mamalat will arrive on campus next fall and have four seasons of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.
"We are really excited about our class," Rodecap said. "Both Logon and Dan are great players, but more importantly they are great kids who really love to play tennis. They both play big games and will continue to improve as they transition to collegiate tennis."
Collins is ranked as a four-star recruit on TennisRecruiting.net and has experienced success on both the prep and amateur circuits. He has been ranked in the top-150 in the nation and was a member of two state championship squads at Union High School. He claimed the Oklahoma doubles title as a sophomore and has played No. 1 singles each of his last two seasons. A two-time team captain, he was a perfect 20-0 in singles action as a junior. He has also excelled in the classroom, where he is a member of the National Honor Society and an academic all-conference selection.
"Logon is a very good athlete who possesses a big weapon in his forehand and I think his serve will develop into a force as he gains strength," Rodecap said. "He approaches his tennis in a very professional way which was really impressive to me as I got to know him better through the recruiting process. I expect him to have a great career for us."
Mamalat is a five-star prospect on TennisRecruiting.net and has been ranked in the top-60 in the nation in the Boys 18's division. He has claimed a pair of doubles sectional titles at that level and one singles championship. He owns a pair of city crowns competing for his high school program and has dropped just one single match in his entire prep career. Mamalat has been ranked No. 1 in the middle states region in singles and owns a doubles title at an ITA tournament.
"I was really impressed with Daniil from the first time I saw him play because he displayed great toughness on the court," Rodecap said. "He is extremely scrappy competitor and really thinks his way through matches. His lefty style is not easy to match up against and when you add his desire to compete he is a very tough out."