PEORIA, Ill. – The Bradley men’s tennis team will add a pair of newcomers to its 2013-14 roster with the announcement that Spaniard Sergio Nicolas Rakitin and Bloomington, Ind., product Matthew McCoy have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Bradley University and play tennis for the Braves.
From Granada, Spain, Rakitin becomes the latest in a recent pipeline of Spanish players to join the Bradley men’s tennis program, following 2013 graduate Juan Diego Cuadrado (Almeria, Spain) and rising senior Arthur Romanet (Castelldefels, Spain). A finalist for the 2013 Charles Orsborn Award, Cuadrado finished his career tied for third in program history with 71 career singles wins, while Romanet was the 2012 Flight 7 Singles champion at the MVC Individual Championships and will begin his senior season 19th in school history with 59 career singles wins.
Rakitin has won numerous junior and adult tournaments in Spain and owns an absolute #124 adult/junior national ranking.
“I am very excited to add a player like ‘Nico,’ because as a freshman he will be a difference-maker on the court,” said Bradley head coach Jesse Plote. “We look forward to having him represent Bradley University this Fall.”
McCoy will join Bradley from Bloomington, Ind., North High School, where he twice earned all-state honors for the Cougars. A first-team all-state selection by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association in 2012 and a second-team pick in 2011, McCoy currently is ranked the No. 4 player in the state of Indiana.
“Matthew is one of those kids that is a coach’s dream,” said Plote. “I feel that his work ethic, passion for the game of tennis and competitiveness is going to make him one of the most-successful players to ever play at Bradley.”
The 2013-14 Bradley roster will return five players, including four junior who have helped the Braves to three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1987-88-89 and the best three-year win total (43) since 1988-89-90.
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