Courtesy: Joe Browning Head Coach Mait DuBois has restocked his program with four new recruits for 2014-15
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW’s national-caliber men’s tennis program got even better on Tuesday with the addition of four student-athletes during the fall early signing period for the 2014-15 year.
Successful seventh-year Head Coach Mait DuBois announced the signing of Gianlucca Massa (Weston, Fla.), Taylor Cramer (Texarkana, Texas), Josh Du Toit (Charlotte, N.C.) and Josh Hublitz (Vienna, Va.) to National Letters of Intent to play for the Seahawks.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this recruiting class and what they each bring to our program,” said DuBois, the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year. “I was able to watch each of them on several occasions and get to know their families and junior coaches as well.
“It’s very exciting to sign four excellent players from a very strong American class. I’m confident they have the type of character and talent that will benefit our program. This group is extremely motivated, both on the tennis court and in the classroom, and this will help us take another step forward with our program.”
Taylor Cramer National High School Texarkana, Texas
Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Ranked as high as No. 82 nationally this year and No. 52 nationally during junior career…Top-5 in singles in every age group for Southern Section…Captured National Open Doubles title and reached three other National Open Finals…Six-time state singles champion…Received Sportsmanship Award for Southern Junior Davis Cup team.
Coach DuBois On Cramer: “I was very impressed with Taylor’s athleticism and all-court game-style the first time I saw him play and knew he had a huge upside. The better I got to know him I learned he also has excellent work ethic, strong character and love for the team concept of college tennis. His success in doubles at the highest level is a great indicator of his athleticism and his best tennis is definitely ahead of him.”
Cramer On Selecting UNCW: “I really wanted to be at a college that I could feel very comfortable. I felt that way as soon as I stepped onto campus and visited the city. The campus, for me, is the perfect size; not too big not too small, and everything was beautiful and very well-kept. I got the feeling that all the students and teachers were very relaxed and easy-going, which fits my personality. When I first met Coach DuBois and Coach (Taylor) Vaughn, I felt like they had a similar personality as me, very easy-going and down to earth but meant business when it came time to train. I loved the way they went about practice and their willingness to improve every day. That's the type of environment you need to get to the next level, which is where I want to go and could tell the coaches and all the guys on the team want to go. I feel like UNCW is the perfect fit for me and think I can thrive athletically and academically there.”
Josh Du Toit Ardrey Kell High School Charlotte, N.C.
Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Currently ranked No. 3 in North Carolina and has been ranked as high as No. 55 nationally during junior career…Selected 2013 USTA North Carolina Player of the Year…Winner of nine North Carolina Junior titles (most all-time), including singles and doubles titles in 2013.
Coach DuBois On Du Toit: “Josh is a player who is very intelligent on the court and extremely strong in all the intangibles. He knows how to win matches and his win percentage in the juniors demonstrates that. Ranking first in junior titles in the history of North Carolina Tennis is an impressive accomplishment. He will benefit a lot from being in a great training environment and I am really excited about what his future holds.”
Du Toit On Selecting UNCW: "I knew I wanted to be a Seahawk after meeting Coach DuBois and the UNCW tennis team. They were incredibly welcoming and encouraging and I knew that interaction with them on and off the court would be dynamic. Tennis will be a huge part of my college experience, but I am also looking forward to a great academic environment.”
Josh Hublitz The Potomac School Vienna, Va.
Four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net…Has been ranked as high as No. 134 nationally this year and No. 88 during junior career…Selected to All-American Team at High School Nationals in Newport Beach, Calif…Selected by Mid-Atlantic Section to represent group at Boys 18’s National Team Championships last summer…Brother of current team member Zach Hublitz.
Coach DuBois On Hublitz: “Josh is a very complete player that is extremely strong off the ground and has a lot of tools to help him be a great Division I tennis player. We recruited him based on his talent, work ethic and character. It’s an added bonus that we happen to know his family so well. We have always prided our team on being like a family and it means a lot to me personally that Zach would give the highest compliment to our team by encouraging his brother to be a part of what we are trying to do here. Josh has been coming to Seahawk matches for years now and I can’t wait for him to be on the other side of the fence playing in the UNCW uniform.”
Hublitz On Selecting UNCW: “I've surrounded myself with UNCW for about two years now with my brother being a junior on the team. After watching the players, understanding the team dynamic, and also learning about the coaches and their styles, I know UNCW is the best program in the nation for me to develop my game to its fullest with a group of guys eager and capable of beating any team in the country.”
Gianlucca Massa Cypress Bay High School Weston, Fla.
Five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net and ranked as high as No. 49 nationally this year and as high as No. 23 nationally in junior career. ..Won three rounds at Clay Court Super-nationals last summer.…Has made Round of 16 in three separate ITF international events.
Coach DuBois On Massa: “Gianlucca has a great frame and foundation coming in the door and his junior coaches like his tireless work ethic and character. He is passionate about his tennis and his parents told me that while the family enjoys vacationing in Peru, he spends his vacation time training on the practice courts there. His talent level, personality, academic success and character make him a great fit for our program and I believe he has only started to scratch the surface of his potential.”
Massa On Selecting UNCW:" I chose UNCW because of its top-15 ranking academically in the South and because it is a top-50 NCAA Division I tennis school. I believe UNCW is an excellent fit for me as a student-athlete. As a tennis player, having a good chemistry with the coaches and the team was key in choosing the school. This played a major role in selecting UNCW and I’m tremendously excited to join the team in the fall.”