Men's Tennis Inks Two Recruits

January 08, 2003
By ODU Athletics

Jan. 8, 2003

NORFOLK, VA -- Old Dominion tennis director Darryl Cummings has announced the signings of Nathan Grover (Suffolk, VA) and Simon Sjogren (Richmond, VA) to play for the Monarch men's tennis team beginning in the fall of 2003.

"I am looking forward to having Nathan and Simon developing in our program," said Cummings of his new recruits. "They are very different players and people, however I expect both of them will be able to contribute to our program in their own new unique way."

In 2002, Grover, a Hampton Roads native from Suffolk, VA, was voted the Daily Press Player of the Year and named All-Conference by the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools after playing at the number one singles slot. Grover was also the USTA Virginia State singles champion in 1996 and 1998 and a four-year member of the USTA National Mid-Atlantic Zonal Team from 1996-2000. A multi-sport athlete at Nansemond Suffolk High School, he also lettered in football, basketball, and golf. Grover is no stranger to the Old Dominion community as his parents, Jan and Lee, are both ODU alumni.

Sjogren joins the squad with an already impressive list of honors and awards. Sjogren was ranked in the top five in Boys 16s in the Mid-Atlantic in 2000 and 2001, while ranking number one in Boys 16s and second in Boys 18s in the state of Virginia as well. Additionally, as the three-time MVP as the number one singles player at Midlothian High School, he has advanced to the state championship the last two straight years and was a district finalist the last three. In 2001, Sjogren was named both the District and Regional Player of the Year. He also joins an Old Dominion tennis tradition rich in international talent, having played in many tournaments while residing in Sweden and ranking in the top 50 in the country in Boys 14s.

The Old Dominion men's tennis team gears up for the spring portion of the their 2002-03 schedule when they open up the dual meet season hosting George Washington on Friday, January 24th. The CAA slate begins on Friday, February 7th when they host James Madison.

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