MU Signs Pair Of Prep Standouts For 2009-10 Campaign

Dec. 11, 2008

Milwaukee - The Marquette University men's tennis program has signed Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley (Queretaro, Mexico) and Jacob Straus (San Antonio, Texas) to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Steve Rodecap announced.

Both players will arrive on campus in August of 2009 and have four years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.

"We are really excited to have commitments from two outstanding players and believe that they will continue to take our program in the right direction," Rodecap said. "The exciting thing about both Jacob and Jose-Carlos is that their best tennis is still in front of them."

Straus is currently a senior at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas. He has earned a varsity letter in each of his three seasons with the program. Straus has been a regular competitor on the amateur circuit, including multiple strong outings at USTA-sponsored events.

"Jacob has so much potential and I know that he is eager to put in the work necessary to be a great college player," Rodecap said. "He is very strong and extremely athletic and has the ability to play at a very high level. He is coached by Trace Fielding who played at TCU when I was coaching there and he told me that I needed to see him play. The first time I saw him play I instantly knew he was a guy we needed to get."

Crowley, who attends Instituto Asuncion De Queretaro, has already collected a tremendous amount of success at the international level. He is currently ranked second in the country of Mexico, trailing only a player rated among the top-10 competitors in the world.

"Jose-Carlos is one of the best players in Mexico and is currently ranked number two in the country," Rodecap said. "He has won numerous national championships in both singles and doubles and has had a lot of success in ITF events. He also got his first ATP point this past summer. I had the chance to see him play in two events this past summer, and was very impressed with his athleticism and how composed he was on the court."




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