Golden Eagles Announce Signing Of Three Prep Standouts

Dec. 10, 2010

The Marquette University men's tennis team has announced the signing of three prep standouts to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Steve Rodecap announced Friday morning.

David Packowitz (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson HS), James Stark (Racine, Wis./The Prairie School) and Cameron Tehrani (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Saguaro HS) will arrive on campus in August in time for the 2011-12 campaign and each will have four seasons of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.

"We are extremely excited about three commitments we received for 2011 and feel that all of them will represent our program and Marquette in a first class manner," Rodecap said. "These young men are very dedicated to being the best players they can be and all will work very hard over the next eight months to be prepared for college tennis.

"All three of them have the potential for a lot of growth in their respective games and we feel that they will have a big impact in our program over the next four years," Rodecap added.

Packowitz earned a pair of letters at Stevenson High School. He claimed a pair of state runner-up efforts with his team and also finished second in doubles play as well as a freshman and sophomore. Over the course of his first two years, he posted a combined record of 66-4. He has encountered a great deal of success on the amateur circuit in both singles and doubles competition and focused on those competitions during his junior season of high school.

"David is a very talented player that plays a big game for his size," Rodecap said. "He is a great personality and will be a great team guy for us next year."

Stark claimed the state singles title in Wisconsin as a junior at The Prairie School in 2009-10. He posted a 26-4 overall record last year and for his career owns a 62-15 slate. He was a first team all-state honoree last year and was tabbed the county's player of the year as well. He has helped his squad to runner-up finishes in league play in each of his three seasons and led the Hawks to the regional championship in 2010.

"James started playing tennis very late and has shown great improvement over the past 18 months," Rodecap said. "He is technically very sound and can play several styles on the court."

Tehrani has been a member of the varsity squad each of his seasons at Saguaro High School and has served as team captain in each of the past three campaigns. He claimed a state title in singles in 2009-10, posting an undefeated 14-0 mark. He also finished 8-0 in doubles play and has been named to the all-state roster every year since his freshman season.

"Cameron is a good athlete who relies heavily on his speed and endurance," Rodecap said. "He is an extremely hard worker in a match situation and is a very good competitor."




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