July 2, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Three more athletes will join the Loyola Marymount men's tennis program in the fall, Head Coach Nik DeVore announced Friday. Renzo Maggi, Nick Perez, and Nick Von Der Ahe will join four returners and fellow newcomer Nikola Petrov on the 2006 Lions' fall roster.
"The roster keeps growing, and so does the talent level of our team," DeVore said. "We expect to announce several more players in the near future as well, who will no doubt add a great deal to analready deep team."
Maggi was ranked as high as first in doubles and No. 2 in singles as a junior player in Florida. He qualified for the third round at the prestigious Orange Bowl and was a doubles finalist at a national open held in Oakland, Calif. Maggi recently became a multi-sport athlete when he helped Los Alamitos High School to the CIF Championship in basketball.
"Renzo hasn't played tennis for the past two years because of his desire to prove himself in basketball," DeVore said. "He is now ready to dedicate himself to tennis again and is excited about his future at LMU. It will take some time for him to find his game again, but he is a great athlete and he has a very well-rounded natural tennis game. He should develop quickly once he gets out there and starts to train with the rest of our team."
Maggi, a June 2006 graduate of Los Alamitos High plans to major in business administration at LMU. He resides in Rossmoor, Calif. With father Carlos and stepmother Ann.
Perez hails from Park City, Utah, and joins the LMU program after ranking as high as third in the USTA Intermountain Region. He has also had a great deal of success at the national level as well. Perez brings his 6-4 frame and big left-handed serve to the Lions. DeVore also noted his big forehand and confidence at the net.
"Nick has the type of game that can be highly effective at the college level," DeVore said. "He will have to improve his consistency, but he certainly has the weaponry and athletic ability to compete at a high level."
A June 2006 graduate of Park City High School, Perez plans to major in business administration with an emphasis in finance while at LMU. He is the son of Jorge and Debbie Perez.
Von Der Ahe, a high school teammate and friend of Perez, is also slated to join the Lions in the fall. Von Der Ahe ranked as high as fourth in the USTA Intermountain Region.
"Nick Von Der Ahe's game is a contrast to that of his friend, Nick Perez's," DeVore said. "Von Der Ahe is extremely quick around the court and possesses great consistency and defensive skills. If we can give him some bigger weapons, he is going to be tough to beat in college. He's extremely tenacious and has a `never say die' attitude on the court."
DeVore also noted Von Der Ahe's academic reputation, as he graduated with honors from Park City High School in June and plans to major in chemistry at LMU. He is the son of Chris and Laurie Von Der Ahe.
The freshmen trio will join fellow recruits Petrov (fall) and Javier Royo (spring) as the new faces of LMU Tennis.
"This will be the youngest team I have ever had by far," DeVore said, "but I am really excited about the future of LMU Tennis. I strongly believe that this group of players has the talent to take us to the top of the West Coast Conference over the next several years. It will take some time to develop, but the future looks very bright."