CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's tennis team will add three players to the 2013 recruiting class, Director of Tennis Steve Moore announced today. Paul Cook (Petts Wood, England), Kevin Bettendroffer (Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France) and Mitchell Cook (Brisbane, Australia) will join the reigning Southland Conference Champions for the 2013-14 season.
"Our coaching staff put a lot of research and diligence into these three players, as we really only look for the right fits for our team," Moore said. "We're very proud to announce these young men are coming to the Island."
P. Cook was ranked as high as No. 4 in England in juniors and was coached by former Islander legend James Langford. According to Moore, he is one of the best British players that will be attending any college this fall.
"I'm sure Paul will get off the airplane well versed about how we do things with James having coached him this past year," Moore said. "James was one of the best leaders and teammates we have ever had here, not to mention an incredible player."
Bettendroffer comes to the Island University with a minus 4.6 ranking, which is about as high as you can get to come to any college.
"That French ranking means a player should play at the top of a nationally-ranked team immediately," Moore said. "We are excited beyond words about Kevin and his potential as an Islander player. I really credit Assistant Coach Aurelien Tave a lot in the recruitment of Kevin. Aurelien is also from France and did a lot of the legwork on this.
"We're very happy to have Kevin Bettendroffer and Paul Cook join the Islanders. These are two blue-chip recruits that should make an immediate impact on our team. Their ranking and results speak for themselves. We're very proud these two young men chose the Islanders over numerous highly ranked programs. Their level of tennis is extremely impressive, but what I like most about these guys is they have those special attributes that you need to be an Islander – an extreme work ethic and a commitment to the team concept. Kevin and Paul will be great teammates."
Coach Moore and his staff have also received a commitment from M. Cook, a native of Brisbane, Australia. He will be a sophomore, but due to eligibility rules, he will have to sit a year, however, Moore feels he's worth it.
"He's a tremendous doubles player, has great potential and also has those work ethics and teammate attributes that we look for so carefully," Moore said. "He is coached by one of the top coaches in Australia, Chris Bates, a longtime friend in the business and also the former coach of former Islanders women's tennis player Leanne Mascall."
The three will join an Islanders' men's team that loses only one starter in the top singles lineup from a 2013 team that tallied a 17-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last six years. The Islanders clinched their sixth straight Southland Conference Championship in the regular season and won the Southland Conference Tournament for the fourth time. The team was also ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division I national attendance and was ranked in the top 60 Division I national ranking for the seventh consecutive season.
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