Sept. 17, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army men’s tennis will lift the lid on its fall tournament schedule this weekend when the Black Knights split between the Yale-hosted Ivy Plus Invitational in New Haven, Conn., and the St. Joseph’s Invitational in Philadelphia, Pa. Each tournament is set to run Friday through Sunday in what will be Army’s four-member freshman class’ first time out on the collegiate courts.
Army’s 2013 recruiting class ranked 20th among mid-major programs, highlighted by five-star recruit Sam Lampman. Out of Orlando, Fla., Lampman ranked 66th nationally among the Class of 2017 by TennisRecruiting.net, and was the 12th-ranked player in the Sunshine State. He represented Florida at the USTA Inter-Regional Championships and was a doubles champion in the age 16 bracket. The two-time Bright House High School Player of the Year graduated with honors from William R. Boone.
Twelfth-year head coach Jim Poling welcomed a pair of four-star recruits to the fold this fall as well in Kyle Barnes and Grant Riechmann. Barnes, out of Argyle, Texas, competed extensively throughout Europe and was the 10th-ranked player out of the Longhorn State. Riechmann is also out of Texas and ranked as high as 77th nationally and ninth in the state. He won the Texas 5A doubles title in 2013.
Rounding out the plebe class is Cameron Voigt out of Barrington, R.I. Voigt was a three-time first team all-state selection in singles play, while also earning the honor once on the doubles court. He was also a prominent member of the undefeated state championship soccer team, starting as center midfielder.
“We’re really excited to add these guys to our lineup this year,” said Poling. “They bring a lot of talent and strength and we look forward to watching them battle out on the court. Their addition to our already seasoned roster will give us greater depth and flexibility, especially when it comes to the challenging Patriot League schedule.”
Army graduated two from the 2012-13 roster and just one that played during the spring dual season. Rashad Shelton went 10-12 in singles and 12-5 in doubles during the Black Knights’ 2013 Patriot League regular-season championship campaign. Army returns all three of its All-Patriot League honorees from a season ago, including two-time Player of the Year Asika Isoh. Isoh, who earned first-team accolades for the third-straight season, was accompanied on the all-league teams by Army’s second-team selections Caison Best and Harrison McCormick, who also return to the courts as Black Knights this season.
Junior Peter Sienko was also recognized by the conference last spring, earning Academic All-Patriot League plaudits.
Isoh, McCormick, Riechmann, Lampman, Barnes and sophomore Austin McCasin will travel to Yale this weekend. Heading to St. Joseph’s are Voigt, sophomores Ben Davies, Sam Jang-Milsten, Joey Hatala, David Proctor and Daniel Shutov, and seniors Henry Jang-Milsten, Rommel Verano, Josh Cook and Chad Llewellyn.
This weekend’s tournaments are the first two of seven on the Black Knights’ 2013 fall slate. Up next for Army, selected players will travel to Tulsa, Okla., for the ITA Men’s All-American Championships on Sept. 28-29, before the full squad competes at the West Point Fall Quad opposite Yale, St. Bonaventure and Boston College, Oct. 5-6. Army will then compete at the ITA Regional Championships, Oct. 17-22, before the Lehigh Fall Championships (Oct. 26-27) and the Harvard Halloween Invite (Nov. 1-13).