WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW’s 23rd-ranked recruiting class in men’s tennis got even stronger this week with the addition of Belgium standout Xander Veys.

Veys, hails from Mortsel, Belgium, a city of 25,000 near Antwerp. The 6-2, 175-pound lefthander  has been ranked as high as No. 84 in the World Junior ITF Rankings and is currently rated in the top-100. He gives the two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champions eight newcomers in 2014-15.

“"We’re very pleased to have Xander joining our team,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s seventh-year head coach.  “I really enjoyed speaking with him and his father during the recruiting process and was impressed with Xander’s character, his high level of motivation and his impressive academic resume.

“Xander speaks three languages fluently and has done very well in the classroom while balancing an extensive international travel schedule. He has had success at the highest level of junior tennis and has played all over the world. He is very motivated with his tennis and has aspirations to play at the professional level. He is a big, lefty that has an aggressive game-style and a well-developed over-all game."

The Seahawks recently earned a No. 23 ranking by recruiting analyst TennisRecruiting.net after winning their fourth Colonial Athletic Association championship and advancing to the NCAA Regionals for the fifth time in the last six years.

Veys has been ranked in the top-3 nationally throughout his junior career, including time at No. 1. He was a semifinalist in a prestigious Grade 2 ITF event in Holland and has been a two-time time finalist in Grade 2 ITF events and winner of a Grade 3 ITF event.

"I chose UNCW because of its excellent Exercise Science program, the great varsity tennis opportunities and the amazing location near the East Coast beaches,” said Veys. “Coach DuBois made me feel welcome from the start. UNCW offers me the best chance to grow, as a student and as a student-athlete."

UNCW’s 2014-15 Men’s Tennis Recruits|
Spencer Arias, Florida Virtual High School, Sarasota, Fla.
Taylor Cramer, National High School, Texarkana, Texas
Josh Du Toit, Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, N.C.
Josh Hublitz, The Potomac School, Vienna, Va.
Gianlucca Massa, Cypress Bay High School, Weston, Fla.
Javier Restrepo, The Ogburn School, Miami, Fla.
Andres Torres, Cibercolegio UCN High School, Armenia, Colombia
Xander Veys, Mortsel, Belgium