Gauchos Sign Pair of Stars to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 19, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's tennis has signed two players to National Letters of Intent, announced head coach Marty Davis on Wednesday. Benjamin Niklas Recknagel, ranked 145th in Germany's men's rankings, and Max Glenn, a four-star recruit on Tennisrecruiting.com, will join the Gauchos for the 2009-10 season.

Recknagel, a native of Munich, Germany, is currently ranked 1551st in the ATP World Series. He was a doubles runner-up in the ITF Junior Event at the Air Berlin Junior Open in 2006. His coach is Niki Pilic, the former Davis Cup coach for Germany.

"Recknagel is arguably the most accomplished player I've recruited in my 10 years here, and is expected to be an impact player immediately," Davis said. "He is one of the top players in the country."

During his high school career, Recknagel has managed to excel in both volleyball and soccer while still maintaining his tennis stardom. He is the starting libero for his state volleyball team, and was also under consideration for the German National Team.

Max Glenn, the son of a UCSB alum and a native of Menlo Park, Calif., is one of the top players in northern California. He is ranked 104th on Tennisrecruiting.com and is expected to play a significant role for the Gauchos as a freshman.

"Glenn is a great athlete who moves extremely well, and has a ton of upside," Davis assessed.

During his career at Menlo High School, Glenn, who is coached by former San Jose State star Nial Brash, has started at the forward position on the basketball team. A fine athlete, Glenn has received numerous sportsmanship awards and is expected to continue his accomplishments at UCSB.