Three Join Hoosiers For Spring Campaign
Feb. 6, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the dual-match season gets underway for the Indiana men's tennis team, the Hoosiers have added three players for the spring campaign. Junior transfer Thomas Richter and freshmen Lachlan Ferguson and Phillip Eilers bring a wealth of talent to the Hoosier men's tennis team.
"I can safely say that this is one of the best recruiting classes in Indiana history," Hydinger said.
Richter comes to Indiana from Birmingham-Southern College. He was a two-time All-Big South Conference selection and came in at No. 119 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings on April 4, 2006. Richter was 24-10 at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and 23-10 in doubles for the Panthers.
"Thomas is an outstanding student-athlete," Hydinger said. "We look for him to continue to be a nationally ranked player as well as a big factor in the Big Ten."
Ferguson was ranked as high as No. 32 in the world in juniors combined singles and doubles ranking, and was the No. 1 junior in singles and doubles in Australia. Ferguson won two Group 1 International Tennis Federation (ITF) doubles titles, and reached the round of 32 in juniors at both the French Open and Australian Open.
"Lachlan comes from a strong tennis family," Hydinger said, "He has played in junior tournaments all around the world and has great ability, high ambition and a great work ethic.
Eilers was consistently ranked in the top 10 in Germany throughout his juniors career. He won the German national doubles championship in juniors and reached the quarterfinals of the nationals in singles.
"Phillip has an all-court power game and will be a big contributor in singles and doubles," Hydinger said.
Due to NCAA eligibility rules regarding international athletes, Ferguson and Eilers will practice and train with the team this spring before competing next season.
"Both Lachlan and Phillip are extremely good kids and players, and we look forward to having them compete for Indiana next year," Hydinger said.
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