September 1, 2004

Men's Tennis Announces Signing Class

Sept. 1, 2004

By Kelley Johnson
Media Relations Assistant
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Santa Clara University men's tennis team announced the signing of Jan Macek, Tyler Wilson and A.J. Kerin to national letters of intent and a commitment to play from Chris Iwamura, head coach George Husack announced during the signing period which ended on August 1. These four newcomers will join Blane Shields, who signed in November during the early signing period. "Our goal was to fill the shoes of three key departing seniors, as well as add depth to our team," Husack said. "I feel that we accomplished that goal with individuals who highly compliment the returning group of players and will deeply contribute in different ways throughout the season. Each of these new Broncos will have a great future at Santa Clara." After red-shirting last season to fulfill his residency requirement, Macek will join the Broncos as a sophomore transfer from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is ranked among the top 175 in the German Men's Division and has earned an ATP world doubles ranking. Recently, he advanced to the semifinals of an ITF futures tournament in Portugal. Macek looks to fill the top singles and doubles positions vacated by All-West Coast Conference graduate Gernot Fischer. Out of North Medford High School in Medford, Ore., Wilson is the top-ranked senior from the USTA Pacific Northwest Section, ranking No. 1 in Boys 16s and No. 2 in Boys 18s. Additionally, he has ranked as high as No. 40 in the Boys 16s and No. 120 in the Boys 18s USTA National ranking lists. During his four years at North Medford, he compiled a 75-6 overall record while garnering four team MVP awards. Wilson is the honored recipient of the prestigious 2004 Scott Eden Sportsmanship Award for his section. Another freshman joining this year's squad is Kerin, out of nearby Saratoga High School. While at Saratoga, Kerin earned three team MVP awards, posted 100 victories and led his team to the 2004 divisional and Central Coast Section Championships. In addition, he was a 2004 National High School All-American. According to USTA national rankings, he has been listed as high as No. 105 in the Boys 18s, No. 32 in the Boys 16s and No. 6 in the Boys 14s. Currently, Kerin is ranked among the top five in the Northern California 18s division. The final newcomer, Iwamura, is a top-ranked senior from the Hawaii-Pacific Section, and is part of a reigning three-time state doubles champion team representing Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, his high school team has won 36 consecutive state titles. Iwamura has been ranked as high as No. 4 in Boys 18s and No. 1 in Boys 16s in his section. The Broncos' fall campaign will open September 24-26, when Santa Clara participates in the Pacific Tiger Fall Classic in Stockton. The team will open the home fall schedule October 8-10, hosting the Santa Clara Bronco Classic at the Degheri Tennis Center. SCU's spring season also opens at home, on January 22 with a doubleheader against UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis.