Nov. 21, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - The Utah State men's tennis team signed Avery West to play in the fall of 2014; it was announced Thursday by head coach Clancy Shields.
West, a Bellingham, Wash., native, went undefeated in his senior season at Sehome High School, and earned the 2A State Championship.
"Avery is a diamond in the rough," Shields said. "He comes from a small town in Washington and hasn't had the national exposure that most players have had. I know Avery will be tremendously hungry to prove himself at the college level and eager to start writing his success story here at Utah State."
West is ranked as the No. 7-ranked prospect in the northwest region and has a Tennis RPI ranking of 57 nationally.
"I chose Utah State because it is the school that best represents both my interests and who I am," West said. "I was really impressed by the amount of degree options the school offers in regards to the environment, which is my field of interest and study. Although I knew little about the school before I visited, I immediately sensed that everyone here shares a strong sense of community and excitement. Most of all, the tennis team was really motivated and there is tremendous support from all angles for student-athletes."
The signing comes after a dominant fall season by the Aggies, that saw two players win tournaments. Freshman Sebastian Schneider won his bracket at the Dar Walters Tennis Classic, and senior Andrew Whiting won his bracket at the Utah Collegiate Invitational.
Utah State men's tennis begins its spring season when it travels to Provo, Utah, on Jan. 11, to face BYU.
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