Head coach Jim Daugherty announced the addition of two future Crusaders to the men's tennis program Monday, bolstering an already deep, young team.
Garrett Gardner (Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary) is a four-star recruit as ranked by tennisrecruiting.net. Gardner is currently 71-6 in singles play during his high school career, having played at No. 1 since his sophomore year. He ranks #6 in the state of Ohio and #182 in the nation. He was named the 2013 Tennis Athlete of the Year by The Vindicator. Gardner qualified for the Ohio State Boys D2 Tennis State Tournament in 2011 in doubles and in 2013 in singles.
Chase Hamilton (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) is a solid all-around athlete. The high school senior started at six positions on the football field between his junior and senior seasons. Hamilton was also a three-year letter winner on the basketball team (including an All-Area selection), a squad that was crowned back-to-back conference champions in 2012-13 and 2013-14. More importantly, he served as captain on the two-time state champion tennis team. Hamilton was voted All-Area as a sophomore after finishing fifth individually in doubles play at the IHSA State Tournament. He missed his junior season due to an injury.
"I am very excited about what Garrett and Chase bring to the table for our tennis program. Garrett is a seasoned four-star player who is still climbing up the ranks. Chase is a four-sport high school athlete who has proven himself as a tennis player but will flourish given the opportunity to play tennis year round. He is an incredible athlete whose ceiling is unlimited. Both players are expected to have an impact on an already much improved program," Daugherty said.