Men's Tennis Adds Three for 2012
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan head men's tennis coach Dave Morin announced today that three individuals have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to attend Western Michigan and join the Broncos for the 2012-13 season. Jim Beckwith, Stephen Payne, and Michael Treis will be the three newest additions to the Bronco men's tennis program.
Beckwith comes to the Broncos from nearby Battle Creek, Mich., where he attended Lakeview High School. He is ranked as the No. 5 recruit in the state of Michigan and No. 29 in the Great Lakes region, and will provide a high level of technical skill and court savvy.
"Jimmy is not a physically imposing playing on the court, but he's smart and a winner," said Morin. "Our best teams have had players like Jimmy in the line-up, and his fight and tennis IQ will be contagious. He's the type of player that you want playing with the match on the line."
Payne is another in-state recruit, coming to Kalamazoo from Livonia, Mich., where he attended Livonia Franklin High School. He played in the No. 1 position for the Patriots, posting a 108-15 record over the course of his first three years in college. Payne brings an imposing frame to the court, which Morin believes will serve him well, and drew a rare comparison from his future collegiate coach.
"Stephen came to us late in the recruiting process but he's been a great find," said Morin. "He reminds me of Michael Calderone who is our program's all-time wins leader. Stephen is rough six-foot-five, and has great volley skills and a very big serve. As he continues to develop his game, he will have the ability to play high in our line-up."
Treis comes to the Broncos from Brookfield, Wisc., and is ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Wisconsin. A three-star recruit, Morin believes Treis will progress quickly through the ranks of the line-up.
"I saw Michael play last winter and was immediately impressed by his game," said Morin. "He's got a big serve and forehand, and is a good fighter on the court. With his size and his weapons he'll be able to play higher in the line-up during the course of his career."