Dec. 12, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Men's Tennis coach Randy Bloemendaal has announced the signing of four players for the 2012-13 season. The signing class includes a pair of Canadian players and two from the state of Indiana. Sam Monette, currently ranked No. 2 in Canada's graduating class, highlights the class, along with Daniel Bednarczyk (BED-narr-chick), who ranks No. 4 in Canada. Elliott Yee of Carmel and Chris Essick of Fishers, will become the first IU players from the state of Indiana since the 2005-06 season.
Bloemendaal is confident that all four players will make an impact on the IU roster, and he is excited to add in-state talent to the roster while keeping open connections to the top talent north of the border..
"I am very excited about the early signing of several student athletes who should make an immediate impact on the program," said Bloemendaal. "It has been my goal from the beginning to build the program from within the state of Indiana first."
"Signing two of the best players from Canada can be attributed to the Canadians we currently have on our team. We have developed trust with the best coaches in Canada that we will continue to develop their top players, by giving them the best chance to reach their full potential."
Monette is the son of Stephane Monette and Nancy Lelong and hails from George-Vanier High School in Repentigny, Quebec, which is the hometown of IU junior Isade Juneau. Currently ranked No. 2 in Canada, Monette is ranked 269th by the International Tennis Federation. He won indoor and outdoor national titles in doubles play at the Canadian Junior Nationals, where he was also a finalist in singles action. Monette was also a finalist in Grade 3 ITF singles and semi-finalist in Yucatan Cup (Grade 1) doubles.
"Sam has been a top player in the world for a number of years," said Bloemendaal. "His athletic accomplishments are the obvious reasons for Sam to potentially come in and make an immediate impact, but what I like the most about Sam is the intangible qualities that I believe are vital to develop and sustain championship teams."
Bednarczyk is the son of Marian and Dorota Bednarczyk and attended St. Jean Brebeuf Catholic High School in Woodbridge, Ontario. Ranked fourth nationally in Canada, he is No. 386 in the ITF rankings. He was a finalist in doubles at the 2011 Canadian Junior Outdoor National Championships and a semifinalist in singles at the 2011 Canadian Indoor Championships. He has won one singles title and two doubles titles in ITF tournaments this year.
"Daniel has really made a big move forward in the last six months," said Bloemendaal. "Initially I thought he would come in and really help us in doubles and then work his way in the singles lineup, but he has steadily improved and I look for him to help the Hoosiers next year in both the singles and doubles line up. "
Yee is the son of King and Peony Yee and attends Carmel High School. He is a four-star prospect and is ranked 98th nationally and second in Indiana by TennisRecruiting.net. He led Carmel to undefeated state championship seasons the past two years.
"Elliott continues to improve daily in junior tennis," said Bloemendaal. "He is a hard-working athlete with his best tennis in front of him. He has quick feet, fast hands and the desire to continue to grow mentally. Elliott could come in and make an impact on the line-up."
Essick is the son of Brad and Sarah Essick and attends Fishers High School. He is a three-star prospect and is ranked 211th nationally and fifth in Indiana by TennisRecruiting.net. Essick earned first team All-State honors, becoming his high school's first All-State first teamer in any sport. He also was named second team Academic All-State.
"Chris has tremendous up-side and the desire to work hard to become an impact player," said Bloemendaal. "Chris is a wiry athlete with the ability to play "Big" on the court. "
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