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Men’s tennis adds five recruits

Elite quintet from New York State will join program in fall 2013

May 7, 2013


Men’s tennis adds five recruits

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s tennis coach Adam Cohen didn’t ease up on the recruiting accelerator while his team was wrapping up its sixth straight America East crown. Cohen has announced his 2013 recruiting class - and it consists of five of the top-20 scholastic players in New York State.

Set to join the Bearcats’ program in the fall are Vihar Shah (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Justin Fields (Manhattan, N.Y.), Frenk Kote (South Salem, N.Y.), Alex Sacher (Old Brookville, N.Y.) and Doug Notaris (Wantagh, N.Y.). 

“I’m excited to have all these New York kids join our team next season,” Cohen said. “I believe all of these incoming freshmen have a strong passion for the sport of tennis and as a coach you look to recruit players that enjoy being on the court.  It sure makes my job more enjoyable knowing that I don’t have to expend energy to get our guys motivated to work. I have a good feeling that each of them will make a significant contribution to our tennis team and University as a whole over the next four years.”

Shah, who played at Herricks High, is ranked third in the USTA Eastern Section boys 18’s. He was ranked No. 1 in the USTA Eastern Section boys 14’s and had a national ranking of No. 47 in the 16’s age bracket. Tennisrecruiting.net lists him as a 4-star recruit and the No. 7 ranked player in New York State.

Fields, from Beacon High, has been ranked as high as No. 6 in the USTA Eastern Section 18’s. He captured the PSAL singles title in New York City and and has been ranked as the nation’s 109th-best graduating senior by tennisrecruiting.net, which also lists Fields as a 4-star recruit.

Kote, who plays at John Jay High, is 11-1 this year and one of the top players in Section 1. He is ranked 22nd in the USTA Eastern Section 18’s and was ranked 166th in the country for 16’s. Tennisrecruiting.net has him as their 14th-ranked player in the state. 

Sacher, ranked 16th by tenniscruiting.net, plays out of North Shore High. He was ranked as high as No. 12 for USTA Eastern Section 16’s (134th nationally) and is a member of the prestigious John Hopkins Center for talented youth.

Notaris, who plays at Wantagh High, was ranked as high as No. 11 in USTA Eastern section boys 16’s (112th nationally). He is listed as No. 20 among NYS players by tennisrecruiting.net.

The Bearcats are set to return their entire starting singles lineup from the NCAA-bound 2012-13 team. The only doubles starter graduating is four-year letterwinner Bastian Bornkessel.

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