SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis program has announced the signing of Nathan Eshmade, Morgan Mays, and Alexandre Gueganic to join the team next fall for the start of the 2014 season.
They join Chase Masciorini, Cody Rakela, and Andy Huang as part of the Gauchos' recruiting class for next season.
"This is a huge recruiting class that is sure to make the competition for starting line-up spots next season fierce," stated Davis.
Nathan Eshmade, an Australia native and transfer from Cerritos Community College, recently won the State JC Championships in Ojai, Calif., becoming the first player in nine years to win both singles and doubles titles in the same year.
Eshmade joins former JC State singles champion (2012) and 2014 Gaucho ace Tobias Galskov on the team.
In juniors, Eshmade was ranked third in the state in his native Australia and earned a ranking of #188 in Australia Men's rankings as a 15 year old.
"Nathan is an attacking player that will be a great addition to our doubles line-up and will compete for a spot in the top half of the singles line-up as well," said Head Coach Marty Davis.
During his time at Cerritos Community College, Eshmade accumulated a 47-2 record, including a perfect 22-0 record this season. His performance earned him recognition as "Athlete of the Year" in the South Coast Conference in 2013 and 2014 and ITA "Rookie of the Year" honors in Region 1 in 2013.
"We think Nathan still has a ton of up side," stated Davis. "We're very excited about having Nathan in our program."
Morgan Mays, from Malibu, Calif., was ranked No. 157 in ITF World Junior rankings and has been ranked in the top-10 nationally in his age division throughout his junior career.
"Morgan has one of the best junior tennis resumes we've seen in years. We think Morgan's collegiate career will blossom once he gets back to his native state of California and in our program," said Davis.
Mays' achievements in juniors play include three ITF junior singles titles and an ITF junior doubles title. The California native also reached the semifinals of the 16 and under National Clay Court Championships and the quarterfinals of the 16 and under Hard Court Championships.
"Morgan's game revolves around his potent and very heavy forehand," stated Davis of Mays' strengths.
Mays earned ATP points in 2012 to reach a career-high ranking of 1,522 in the world in singles and 1,442 in doubles.
Alexandre Gueganic, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France, earned a national ranking of No. 20 in under 18s.
"Gueganic is an exciting prospect that has the ability to play an aggressive brand of tennis that could make him an immediate candidate for the starting line-up next season," said Davis.
With a mix of returning veterans and a large recruiting class loaded with talent, the Gauchos' quest for another Big West title should make for an exciting 2014-2015 season.