Nov. 16, 2006
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame men’s tennis coach Bob Bayliss announced today that the Irish have received National Letters of Intent from five of the nation’s top high school student-athletes. The quintet all made their official commitments to the Irish during the early signing period and will enroll at the University in the fall of 2007.
The recruiting class of Tyler Davis (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan H.S.), Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy), David Anderson (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich H.S.), Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman H.S.) and Matt Johnson (Portage, Mich./Portage Central H.S.) is clearly one of the best across the entire country. Davis (No. 25), Havens (No. 31), Anderson (No. 34) and Stahl (No. 60) are each ranked among the nation’s top 60 players by the Tennis Recruiting Network, the nation’s most comprehensive source for information about tennis recruiting. Notre Dame is the only school with three recruits in the top 35 and four in the top 60.
“These young men give us exactly what we were seeking in our recruiting class,” said Bayliss. “They will fit in with our team and its philosophy. I can’t wait to get the opportunity to get out on the court and work with each of these terrific young men.”
“We are very excited to have these five young men join us,” added assistant coach Ryan Sachire. “They are great kids who will flourish both on and off the court at Notre Dame. Their presence here will have a major impact on Notre Dame’s success for years to come.”
Father Ryan H.S.
Davis captured the Dasani Mayor’s Cup Junior Championships at the Newman Tennis Center in Augusta, Georgia this past January. He defeated three top 50 players en route, including 21st-ranked Andrew Crone, 7-6 (3), 6-1. Davis also reached the semifinals of the St. Louis Gateway, USTA National Opens (lost in the finals) and Southern Indoor Closed (lost in finals). He has an overall record of 52-16 this year.
Bayliss on Davis…
“Tyler is a perfect fit for Notre Dame. He is a 4.0 student whose tennis continues to improve. He is a versatile left-hander who has the ability to adapt his game to fit his opponent. He can serve and volley or get to the net behind a well-constructed point or play patiently from the baseline. His slice backhand allows him transitional skills not normally seen in the junior ranks, yet he can play aggressively from the backcourt just as easily. He is already an accomplished doubles’ player, something that will be important at the college level.”
Cincinnati Hills Christian School
Havens captured the Midwest Winter Championships at the Dayton Tennis Center Club in Dayton, Ohio this past January. He defeated five players ranked in the top 100 en route, including eighth-ranked Dennis Nevolo. Davis also reached the semifinals of the USTA National Opens and Midwest Closed. He has an overall record of 48-19 this year.
Bayliss on Havens…
“Stephen can really play up in the court and hurt you with his ground strokes. He has compact strokes that will be best indoors, but also has the tenacity to excel outdoors as well as a strong serve. All he needs to do to reach another level is to move forward to take advantage of what he creates off the ground. He has posted some terrific wins and has the ability to continue his rise in college.”
Anderson captured the USTA National Opens at the Longfellow Tennis & Fitness Club in Wayland, Massachusetts last November. He knocked off four players ranked in the top 100 and four of his six victories were in straight sets. Anderson also reached the finals of the Farmington Valley, ATP Gator Bowl and New England Sectional. He has an overall record of 50-27.
Bayliss on Anderson…
“David was the top player in New England last summer and registered some great wins at national events. He is really quick with very sound fundamentals. He has weapons off both wings and can hurt you from the backcourt. His serve is very sound. He demonstrated all court capability as well as the ability to excel on all surfaces. I feel he has great upside and expect him to continue his dramatic improvement.”
Walt Whitman H.S.
Stahl reached the finals of the USTA MAS Challenger #8 at the Centre Court Racquet Club in Newport News, Virginia last December. He defeated German Boryachinskly, ranked No. 33, and David Nguyen, ranked No. 19, en route to the finals. Stahl also advanced to the semifinals of the USTA MAS Challenger #3 and USTA MAS Challenger #4. He has an overall record of 46-35.
Bayliss on Stahl…
“Dan has a very aggressive style highlighted by taking the ball early off both wings. He can flatten out his ground strokes and is not afraid to come in to the net. His best tennis is ahead of him. He will excel in doubles. As his serve continues to improve, Dan is likely to leapfrog many players at the national level this coming summer. We are fortunate to have him join us.”
Portage Central H.S.
Johnson, currently ranked No. 125, captured the WMTA Midwest Qualifier at the Court One Athletic Club in Okemos, Michigan this past June. He has an overall record of 39-30.
Bayliss on Johnson…
“Matt is a player with good all-court skills who has demonstrated the ability to compete with the best. His competitiveness is easy to spot when he plays. If he develops some weapons, I feel that he can take a major leap nationally this summer. He really finds ways to win. He is not afraid to attack, but also can grind out long points as well. His doubles potential is very apparent.”
Bayliss also noted that he is excited about another player that will be join the Irish, but because NCAA legislation does not allow publicity about a prospect until he signs a National Letter of Intent or an offer of admission or financial aid, he could not comment specifically.
The 2006-07 Irish squad will open their dual-match season on Jan. 27 at Virginia. Notre Dame starts its home schedule on Feb. 2 against Florida State (4:00 p.m.) in the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
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