May 15, 2012
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada men’s tennis team has signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season, head coach Erik Burton announced Tuesday.
Ryan Andrada is a native of Visalia, Calif., a tennisrecruiting.net five-star recruit and the 13th ranked player in the state of California. He is a soon-to-be graduate of El Diamante High School. Andrew Poustie is a native of Melbourne, Australia and achieved a national men’s open ranking as high as No. 80 before choosing to sign with the Wolf Pack.
“Both of these players have a great deal of potential and will be great additions to the Wolf Pack tennis program, on the court and in the classroom,” Burton said. “Ryan had a strong showing at Winter Nationals in 2011 and Andrew has all of the skills to compete for a spot in the Nevada lineup immediately.”
Andrada has posted a combined high school record of 168-5 (115-3 in singles play and 53-2 in doubles play) and is the two-time defending CIF Central Section Champion in singles play. He is currently the No. 1 seed in the 2012 sectional event and has advanced into the third-round with two straight-set victories. Matches will resume on May 18th.
While climbing the junior and open-amateur ranks in Australia, Poustie piled up numerous accolades. He is currently ranked second in the state of Victoria in the boys under-18 division, and ninth nationally in the same division. At 17 years and 10 months, he was the youngest winner of the men’s open singles in the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club Championships after a victory in February of 2011. The event has been held annually for the past 151 years.
“Ryan and Andrew have laid out specific goals for their careers at Nevada,” Burton said. “Each has expressed a desire to make Nevada a powerhouse in the Mountain West, and to raise the profile of the Wolf Pack program.”
Andrada chose Nevada over Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis and Eastern Washington. Poustie chose the Pack over perennial NCAA Tournament participants Florida and Baylor, among others.