Men's Tennis Inks Three During Spring NLI Signing Period
May 4, 2014
Head Men's Tennis Coach Eric Toth announced three National Letter of Intent signees for the Spring signing period. All three future Musketeers will be eligible starting in the Fall of 2014.
Gabriel Chaves Araujo (Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil) Has been ranked as high as 344 in the ITF world junior rankings. Singles junior career has been highlighted by a semi-final appearance in a Grade 4 event in Chile. Doubles play has been highlighted by semi-final appearances ina Grade 4 event in Chile and a Grade 5 event in Paraguay.
Connor LaFavre (Dallas, TX/Highland Park HS) A Three-Star recruit and rated in the top 30 in Texas by TennisRecruiting.Net. Has been a part of four State Team championships, has earned two State Mixed Doubles championships, and most recently won a State Doubles championship as a member of the Highland Park High School team.
Arthur Stefani (Wesley Chapel, FL/Saddlebrook Preparatory Academy/Sao Paulo, Brazil) Has been raked as high as 595 in the ITF junior world rankings. Has participated in several Grade A, Grade 1, and Grade 2 events throughout the United States and South America. Has recorded multiple runner-up and semi-finalist doubles appearances in Grade 4 and 5 events in Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobogo, and St Vincent and The Grenadines.
"We really are excited about adding Gabriel, Connor, and Arthur to next year's team," stated Coach Toth. "Gabriel and Arthur have some pretty extensive International experience and Connor has proven to play some pretty high level doubles. I expect all three to make immediate contributions to the team starting in the Fall."
The team just completed a 2014 regular season that saw them post a 14-11 record. In their first season in the BIG EAST the team went 3-3 against conference competition and lost to St John's in the semi-final round of the recent BIG EAST tournament. Four starters will return for the 2014-2015 campaign.