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Men's Tennis Adds Five New Players

The Colby Men's Tennis Team is excited to announce the incoming class of 2021 to join the Mules next fall. As of right now, five new players will join the 33rd-ranked team in the country.

Garrett Reiter - Austin, Texas

 2-star, #394 in senior class by tennisrecruiting.net

Tennis Accomplishments:

- Top 30 in Texas

- Capital Area Tennis Association 2017 Male MVP for Vandegrift High School

- Team captain for three years at Vandegrift High School.

- Leander Independent School Regional Tennis Champion

Potential Major: Economics
 
Other Information:

-       National Honor Society, Deca, Young Men's Service League Viper Chapter, Key Club, Red Cross, and Young Life (church club).

-       Student Council Class Representative for Vandegrift High School

-       Mobile Loaves and Fishes Food Truck for 10 years. Mobile Loaves and Fishes brings food to the homeless and needy in the Austin area.

-       Vandegrift  freshman basketball team.

-       2013 Viper Lacrosse team; won the Denver Shoot Out.

-       Holds the Four Points MS record for the mile time. (4:58 mile time)

Why I Chose Colby: Colby is one of the top academic schools in the nation and has a great athletic program, but what really inspired me was the environment at Colby. The family created by the students at Colby are passionate, welcoming, and strive to make a positive difference in the world. I could not be more proud to become a Mule.

Colby Head Coach Jason Cohen on Garrett - "We are very excited to add Garrett to our team. He comes from a very disciplined program at ATA and has an excellent work ethic which will serve him well here at Colby. He has improved a lot recently and I believe he has yet to reach his peak and I am excited for him to get here at Colby."

 

Sumukh Pathi - Westborogh, Mass.

3-star #260 in senior class from tennis recruiting.net

Tennis accomplishments: Two-time Massachusetts individual state champion, one-time state champion, 66-3 record (from freshman to junior year), and league MVP all years 

Potential major: Economics

Other Activities: I played the cello since I was in third grade, played soccer/basketball till eighth grade, volunteered at Tenacity: Coached and exposed under-privileged kids from Worcester in tennis and taught them basic life skills, including reading and writing comprehension.
 
Reasons Why I Chose Colby: I really like the balance between academics and tennis here. They are both very important but one isn't completely dominating the other. I love the big campus feeling. It's so beautiful and surrounded by nature which I really enjoy. I want to study Economics in college with finance and Colby has a very strong Econ department. Everyone I talked to at Colby was very nice and friendly, especially the tennis team. 

Colby Head Coach Jason Cohen on Sumukh - "Sumukh is one of the best players in the New England area and we are pumped to have him. He is a proven winner as a multiple time state champion and that is what we are looking for to build our team for the future - players who know how to win."
 

Jeremy Atwater - Short Hills, NJ

2-star #433 in senior class by tennis recruiting.net

Potential Major: Environmental Science
 

High School Accomplishments

-NJSIAA state singles qualifier

-2016 Union County Tournament first singles finalist

-2016 First Team All-UCIAC Mountain Division selection

-2016 undefeated record in conference play

-2016 team MVP

Major: Biology and minor in Managerial Economics
 
Other activities:

Playing tennis

Playing the tuba

I do different activities in the Ecology and Botany field during my free time

Why I Chose Colby: I chose Colby because I fell in love with the school on my first visit. It is a well-rounded school, where the academics and the athletics are balanced, and I love the campus. The curriculum of the school is excellent and the tennis team seems to be a great fit. I am proud to become a Colby Mule next year.

Colby Head Coach Jason Cohen on Jeremy - "Jeremy was all in for Colby the second he visited and we are excited to have someone that committed to our school and team. He has a lot of ability and is an excellent ball striker and has been working hard recently. I expect his best tennis is yet to come."
 

Hans Hwang - Irvine, Calif.
2-star # 433 in senior class by tennisrecruiting.net

In his senior year, as the team captain, he led his team to its 100th consecutive Pacific Coast League win.  During the summer of 2016, he became the consolation champion of ITA Summer Circuit at Azusa Pacific University.  Also, he won the iTennis/Andulka Park Junior Open in Riverside, Calif., earlier this year.

Hans haas been admitted with scholarship into the six-week Language Study Program at Tamkang University in Taiwan this coming summer to study Chinese language and culture.
 

Major: computer science.

Other information:

I have performed in the Suzuki 10 piano concert in 2011 (UC Davis), 2013 (Matsumoto, Japan), and 2014 (Sacramento, Calif.). 

In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, working out, and writing computer programs.

Why I Chose Colby: I want to go to a small liberal arts college and play tennis.  I chose Colby because it is a great fit for me, as I will have more personal attention from professors and advisers. It offers top-of-the-line education and Coach Cohen is a great coach.  Finally, I love snowboarding and I can continue to be close to it at Colby.

Colby Head Coach Jason Cohen on Hans - "Hans will be a great addition to our team, he has had some excellent tournament results recently and is motivated to contribute here at Colby. Coming from a high school team that has been very successful, the confidence that creates in a player is transferable and we expect big things from Hans."
 

Peter Messenger - Montclair, N.J.

2-star #795 in senior class from tennis recruiting.net

Tennis accomplishments:

- I play singles on the Montclair High School tennis team in Montclair, N.J.

- This season, we reached the final of the Essex County Tournament for the first time in Montclair history

- We also achieved a top-five ranking in the state as a team

Individual achievements: I was awarded first team all-conference in the Super Essex Conference (the toughest conference in the state). I reached top 75 in USTA Eastern section in boys 18.

Major: Undecided
Other activities:

- I teach tennis lessons to kids and adults in my town.

- I was a part of DECA, an international business club, for three years.

- I love to cook and I make most of my own meals at home.

Why I Chose Colby: I chose Colby because it offered everything I could ask for in a school. I loved the beautiful campus and rural setting; I have gone up to Maine every summer since I was born, so the area is very close to my heart. I wanted a highly academic liberal arts school, and Colby is one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. I also thought the tennis program was perfect for me, because I would get the chance to compete in the NESCAC (the toughest conference in Division III tennis), and play under a highly-motivated coach like Coach Cohen, who is constantly helping the team to improve and get closer to a national championship! Colby also has great food, which was a surprisingly large factor in my college search.  

Colby Head Coach Jason Cohen on Peter - "Peter is a very hard worker and is very motivated to make an impact here at Colby on our team. We are excited to have him join the team and he certainly has the potential to work hard and earn an opportunity to have an impact on our team."