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Men's Tennis Adds Two for 2013-14

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 11/21/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's tennis team annouced today that Zachary Phillips and Matthew Hamilton have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to attend Western Michigan and join the men's tennis program.  The pair will join the team for the 2013-14 academic year.

Hamilton, who comes to the Broncos from Grandville, Michigan, is ranked as the #7 recruit available in the state of Michigan and #34 in the Great Lakes region by TennisRecruiting.net.  Playing No. 1 for Grandville, Hamilton compiled a 35-6 record as a junior en route to earning conference and regional championships.  Hamilton took the Bulldogs to second-place finishes in the conference and regional championships, as well.

"I see Matt somewhat in the mold of Ross VanderPloeg, in that he's rock solid from the baseline and is technically sound," said WMU men's tennis coach Dave Morin.  "He hits a heavy ball and plays a high percentage game, which wins a lot of college matches.  He has a lot of room for growth in his game, and I think his future is very bright."

Phillips is also a Michigan product, hailing from Petoskey, and is ranked just behind Hamilton as the #9 recruit in the state.  He is a three-time Division III All-State First Team selection, most recently in 2012, and was as key part of the effort that earned the Northmen a seventh-place finish in the state, as well as a regional championship and a share of the Big North Conference title.

"Zach is a very underrated player and has a big upside," said Morin.  "He's a big kid who is just growing into his body and his game.  He likes to move forward and play an aggressive style of tennis, which will pay off for him in college.  I think his game will really blossom when he gets to college and his teammates provide a consistent challenge to get better."
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