Nov. 18, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- - Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma has announced that high school seniors Van Damrongsri and Michael Lippens have signed national letters of intent to continue their tennis careers at the University of Louisville. Both will join the team in the fall of 2011.
"I am very happy to add Van Damrongsri and Michael Lippens to the Louisville tennis family," said Ecarma. "Both of these athletes are humble and hard-working which are two tenants of our program."
Van Damrongsri, a senior from Ellicott City, Maryland, is ranked 72nd nationally among all high school seniors by TennisRecruiting.net. He advanced to the round of 32 of the USA Clay Court Supernationals in both singles and doubles and into the top 24 of the Winter Supernationals in singles competition. Van has also made it to the singles finals of the Mid-Atlantic Championships #2 as well as earning fourth place in the Doubles National Open.
"Van is a big-hitting player from the premier junior tennis academy in the country in College Park, Maryland," said Ecarma.
Michael Lippens is ranked 48th nationally by TennisRecruits.net. The four-star recruit hails from West Long Branch, New Jersey, where he was crowned the New Jersey State High School Tennis Champion. Lippens was a semifinalist at the USA Junior International Hard Court Championships as well as a semifinalist at the Atlanta ITF, quarterfinalist at the Kentucky Derby ITF, quarterfinalist at the Illinois ITF, finalist at the Labor Day Championships, and a final round qualifier for two Futures Tournaments.
"Michael is a very ambitious player who constantly plays tournaments," said Ecarma. "He does most of his damage in the ITF junior circuit which is a good foundation for college tennis. He also plans to play a lot of ITS men's circuit events which should build momentum for him as he starts his college career with us."
The 2010 men's tennis season will begin on January 3 when the Cards travel to Oahu, Hawaii, for the Hawaii Invitational.