Men's tennis announces Class of 2017

Men's tennis announces Class of 2017


SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Coming off an appearance in the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship, the Bryant University men's tennis team and 2013 NEC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year Ron Gendron have announced the signing of five student-athletes primed to join the reigning Norteast Conference Regular Season Champions as members of the Class of 2017.

The Bryant men's tennis program will welcome Oliver Welsh (San Diego, Calif.)Christian Duarte (Dallas, Texas), Nick Lamart (Raleigh, N.C.), John Templeman (Midland, Mich.) and Joe Sterrey (Newnan Ga.) to an already talented group of Bulldogs in 2013-14.

"We are very fired up to add these fiveyoung men and I could not be happier, "said head coach Ron Gendron. "Character, academics and work ethic are all in line to continue to build a program our university can be proud of.  Go Bulldogs!"

Christian Duarte | Dallas, Texas

As a homeschool student, Christian Duarte participated in numerous national and ITF tournaments as an individual, including Hard Court Nationals, Tucson's Copper Bowl, Clay National Opens, and Albuquerque level three nationals. Duarte was consistently ranked inside the twentieth percentile nationally during all four years of his high school playing career. Off the court, Duarte achieved academic excellence from the highly regarded Kolbe Academy based out of Napa, Calif.

"Christian is our first recruit from Texas. He is a very solid player and should contribute in the bottom half of the starting lineup", added Gendron. "He should provide additional depth and stability to a very deep team."


Oliver Welsh | San Diego, Calif.

A native of Laurel Springs, Calif., Oliver Welsh currently attends Laurel Springs High School. In the past year alone, Welsh has accumulated titles at the K-Swiss Championships, the Balboa Championship (singles and doubles) and the RPTC Singles tournament. Welsh also had a strong showing at the Los Caballeros Jr. Open Tournament (one of the largest Level 3 tennis tournaments in California), falling in the semi-finals. His strong outings have propelled him to a top-30 ranking in Southern California, as well as earning a 4-star rating (130th overall) on 

"Oliver is the highest ranked American our program has signed to date," said Gendron. "Very aggressive baseline play with the desire to move forward and finish should place him near the top of our lineup.  He will be joining fellow four star recruits Zachary Morris (Garden City, N.Y.) and Max Vogt (Fair Oaks, Calif.) to provide depth at the top of a very balanced lineup."

Nick Lamart | Raleigh, N.C.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Lamart is the second three-start recruit to join the Bryant men's tennis Class of 2017. An overall record of 20-24 over the last year, Lamart has recently competed in the Bullfrog USTA Southern Sectionals, the Southern Spring Closed Championships, and the North Hills Club Spring Open, amassing a record of 4-4 in the month of April. The North Carolina-native is currently ranked 83rd in the southeast region (307th nationally).

"Nick will add some great depth to our singles lineup next season," explained Gendron. "He is a very physical, athletic player with great size and should make an immediate impact on our team."

John Templeman | Midland, Mich.

Hailing from Midland, Mich., Templeman currently attends H.H. Dow High School. A strong left handed addition to the Bulldog lineup, Templeman has posted a 13-22 overall mark dating back to June 2012. The Michigan-native participated in the USTA Midwest L1 Indoor Closed Tournament, the USTA Regional Tournament and the USTA Midwest L2 Series earlier this year. Templeman is currently ranked 66th in the Great Lakes regions and 492th nationally.

"John is an extremely underrated addition to our 2013-14 roster," stated Gendron. "A very strong, powerful lefty; matched with Lamart, the tandem should give us a great doubles team with huge upside next year."

Joe Sterrey | Newnan Ga.

The Newnan, Georgia native, Sterrey currently attends The Heritage School. A big, physical athlete, Sterrey has posted an overall record of 12-21 over the past calendar year competing in the Bullfrog USTA Southern Sectionals and the One Love Tennis Junior Championships of the South most recently. Sterrey is currently ranked 28th in the state of Georgia and 456th nationally.

"Joe is a very strong player from the southeast," said Gendron. "He has great upside and will add some much needed depth to our lineup next season."

After fighting all the way to the NEC Championship Finals in their first year of Division I postseason eligibility, the Bulldogs are primed for another strong campaign in 2013-14, especially with the addtion of these future Bulldogs.

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