Air Force Announces Men's Tennis Class of 2014


    The Air Force Academy men's tennis team looks to build on its 2009-2010 season with a stellar recruiting class featuring seven players. The class of 2014 arrived for Basic Cadet Training on Thursday, June 24, marking the beginning of the four-year journey to become officers in the United States Air Force. The new cadets will start academic classes on Thursday, Aug. 5 and join the returning members of the tennis team to begin the fall season.

     

    "We have assembled a fantastic group of student-athletes," said second-year head coach Dan Oosterhous. "This is a very deep class and will significantly strengthen our line-up. I look forward to working with these young men over the next four years as they develop into leaders on and off the tennis court."

     

    Air Force's recruiting class is ranked No. 29 in the nation among over 270 Division I men's programs by tennisrecruiting.net. This is Air Force's highest ever recruiting class ranking and also received a ranking of No. 7 among mid-major Division I schools. 

     

    Air Force Academy Men's Tennis Class of 2014:

    Danny Gies
    Height: 5-11
    Weight: 170 lbs.
    Hometown: Austin, Texas
    High School: Texas Tech Online HS

    Before Air Force
    Ranked #81 in Texas USTA, Boy's 18s...highest 2010 tennisrecruiting.net National Ranking was #302...Advanced to finals of Bryan/College Station Super Champ Major Zone (2009) and Houston Open Super Champ Major Zone, B-draw in (2010)...Won five rounds to win consolation draw at Austin Super Champ Major Zone, B-draw (2010).

    Coach Oosterhous' Comments
    "Danny is a very hard worker and will improve significantly with the talent around him over the next 4 years."

    Alex Grubbs
    Height: 5-9
    Weight: 132 lbs.
    Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
    High School: Anderson School

    Before Air Force
    Ranked #35 in Texas USTA, Boy's 18s... Highest 2010 tennisrecruiting.net National Ranking was #156... Won four rounds (one main, three consolation) at National Open in El Paso (2009)... Won Doubles Title at Corpus Christi Super Champ Major Zone (2009).

    Coach Oosterhous' Comments
    "Alex will add depth to our line-up as a solid, steady player.  He is a fighter on the court and will be a tough player to beat with his consistent game."

    Andy Jackson
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 180 lbs.
    Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
    High School: Vandalia Butler
    Previous School: USAFA Prep School

    Before Air Force
    Ranked #3 in Ohio Valley USTA, Boy's 18... Ranked #24 in Midwest Section USTA, Boy's 18... Highest 2009 tennisrecruiting.net National ranking was #78... Doubles semi-finalist at 2008 National Open in Denver... Won 2007 Boy's 16s Doubles National Open in Kentucky and semi-finalist in two other National Opens in doubles (Ohio in 2007 and Texas in 2008)... First-team all-conference all four years in high school.

    Coach Oosterhous' Comments
    "Andy has the potential to become an outstanding college tennis player. He has a big game with a powerful serve and forehand that will be tough to handle on our home courts."

    Alex Lineberry
    Height: 5-9
    Weight: 160 lbs.
    Hometown: Cornville, Ariz.
    High School: Mingus Union HS

    Before Air Force
    Ranked #6 in Southwest Section USTA, Boy's 18s... Highest 2010 tennisrecruiting.net National Ranking was #186... Advanced to Quarterfinals of 2010 Copper Bowl, Boy's 18s... Advanced to Quarterfinals of 2009 National Open in Denver, Boy's 18s... Won two rounds (one main, one consolation) at National Clay Courts in 2009... Four-year letterwinner and three-time team MVP in high school... Arizona High School State doubles champion as a junior and singles runner-up as a sophomore.

    Coach Oosterhous' Comments
    "Alex is a very talented player that is able to attack and take advantage of opponent's weaknesses.  He has a fantastic all-court game that will develop even more in the upcoming years."

    Lucas Marin-Salcedo
    Height: 6-0
    Weight: 180 lbs.
    Hometown: Weston, Fla.
    High School: Broward Virtual School

    Before Air Force
    Ranked #9 in Florida USTA, Boy's 18s... Highest 2010 tennisrecruiting.net National Ranking was #56... Won USTA Florida Designated tournament (YMCA Palms) in 2009 and 2010 ...
    Won 10 matches en route to winning consolation draw in Florida Open Championship in 2009... Played in five men's future's ITF (International Tennis Federation) tournaments.

    Coach Oosterhous' Comments
    "Lucas has a solid all-court game that will translate extremely well to Division I college tennis.  He has big ground strokes and moves very well on the court.  I expect him to make an instant impact in the Mountain West Conference."

    Ali Rizvi
    Height: 5-11
    Weight: 155 lbs.
    Hometown: Frisco, Texas
    High School: St. Stephens Episcopal School

    Before Air Force
    Ranked #35 in Texas USTA, Boy's 18s... Highest 2010 tennisrecruiting.net National Ranking was #159... Won five rounds (two main, three consolation) at 2010 Copper Bowl... Three-year letterwinner in high school and winner of 2008 High School Sportsmanship Award... Played in Little League World Series.

    Coach Oosterhous' Comments
    "Ali's strength in his consistency and stamina.  He can wear opponents down from the baseline and is an extremely tough competitor."



    Steve Young

    Steven Young
    Height: 5-11
    Weight: 150 lbs.
    Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
    High School: Knoxville Catholic HS

    Before Air Force
    Ranked #9 in Tennessee USTA, Boy's 18s... Ranked #79 in Southern Section USTA, Boy's 18s... Highest 2010 tennisrecruiting.net National Ranking was #301... Three-year letterwinner in high school... Two-time Tennessee High School State Doubles Champion... Finished third in Tennessee State Junior Qualifying Tournament (2009).

    Coach Oosterhous' Comments
    "Steven is a solid player with big ground strokes and good hands at the net. I am excited about the positive attitude and talent he brings to our team."

     

     

     

     


     

     

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