(Kansas City, Mo.) – UMKC men’s tennis announced Airam Castellano and Brooks Kendall will be joining the squad for the 2014-15 season, signing with the ‘Roos this spring. The two will be welcome additions for head coach Kendell Hale, who enters his eighth season at the helm.
Freshman * Gran Canaria, Spain
Castellano is the No. 6 ranked player in the Canary Islands region of Spain, and is No. 341 in the nation… He has been strong so far in the 2014 season with six tournament championships… He won 11 tournaments in the 2013 season, while taking runner-up once and playing in two semifinals… In 2012 he was a nine-time champion in singles, while also taking a doubles title and numerous other semifinal appearances… He was also the hitting partner of professional David Marrero when in the Canary Islands.
Coach Hale says:
“I saw Airam when I went to Madrid to watch a showcase. As soon as I saw him play I knew I wanted him as a ‘Roo. He's one of the smartest players I've seen play. He can mix his style to what works best against his opponent. We are very excited to have him at UMKC.”
Freshman * Overland Park, Kan. * Shawnee Mission East HS
Kendall won the 6A Kansas individual state title in singles while leading his team to the state championship as a senior… He is a three-star recruit and currently ranked No. 1 in Kansas for his class…Took third at state in both his sophomore and junior years individually and his team won state during his junior season as well... Kendall earned the Heart of America Player of the Year award for 2013... He also won regionals as a senior... Also a member of the National Honors Society.
Coach Hale says:
“We are very excited to have Brooks as a 'Roo. This is the second straight year we have kept the best talent from Kansas City right here. Brooks is currently ranked the best recruit from Kansas and we know we are getting a talented, strong, and smart player.”