Huskers to Add Five Newcomers for 2019-20
Nebraska Head Men's Tennis Coach Sean Maymi and Assistant Coach Tom Boysen have worked hard throughout their first year in Lincoln to upgrade the Husker roster, and that hard work has been rewarded with five newcomers filling their first recruiting class at Nebraska in 2019-20.
“We are very excited about this recruiting class. Obviously, when you add this many new players to a roster at one time, it changes the dynamic of your team," Maymi said. "We are confident that these players will add value in many ways and at an early stage in their time at Nebraska. These individuals add talent, character and leadership abilities to our program, and along with our returning players, will help us to further build our program and reach new heights.”
Nebraska Men's Tennis 2019-20 Newcomers
- Andre Saleh (Newport Beach, Calif., No. 52 Recruit in Nation, Signed November 2018)
- Albert Sprlak Puk (Brno, Czech Republic, ITF No. 176, Signed March 2019)
- Patrick Cacciatore (Tampa, Florida, No. 47 Recruit in Nation-2018, South Carolina Transfer, Signed June 2019)
- Bradley Mittleman (Leawood, Kansas, No. 247 Recruit in Nation-2018, Old Dominion Transfer, Signed June 2019)
- Chester Wickwire (Canton, Ohio, No. 176 Recruit in Nation, Signed June 2019)
Maymi's first class of Huskers began with the signing of California high school star Andre Saleh to a National Letter of Intent in November. Saleh was ranked as the No. 52 recruit in the nation and the No. 15 player in the Southwest region coming out of Newport Beach.
"Andre is someone we identified in the first few months after we arrived at Nebraska last summer," Maymi said. "He has a big game, quick-strike ability, and can win points in a variety of ways. Andre's enthusiasm is contagious, and we are very excited to begin working with him."
The class gained international talent with the signing of Albert Sprlak Puk from the Czech Republic in March. Sprlak Puk from Brno, climbed as high as No. 176 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings between 2016 and 2019. He claimed a pair of European singles titles, including the 2017 Bavarian Championship in Germany and the singles title at the 2016 Krka Open in Slovenia. Overall he advanced to five semifinal appearances against some of the world's top juniors.
"The international junior tennis experience that Albert has gained in the form of match-play against some very talented juniors from all over the world will help our team tremendously," Maymi said. "He is a technically sound player and a good athlete. Albert constructs points well and will be a true asset to our team right away."
Since Sprlak Puk's signing in March and the completion of Nebraska's dual season in April, the Huskers have continued to draw interest from near and far with the addition of four more players, formerly announced in late-June.
A pair of transfers will add talent, leadership and college playing experience for the Big Red in 2019-20.
Patrick Cacciatore comes to Nebraska after spending his first collegiate season at the University of South Carolina. Cacciatore, a five-star high school recruit from Tampa, was ranked as the No. 47 recruit in the nation and the No. 7 player in the state of Florida as a high school senior in 2018.
As a freshman at South Carolina, Cacciatore posted a 14-6 overall record that included a 4-3 dual mark, while playing out of the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 spots in the Gamecock lineup.
"We knew Pat from his very successful junior career. The experience that he brings to the table after having already played a year of college tennis for a top-20 program at South Carolina will no doubt have a positive influence on our team," Maymi said. "Pat is a fierce competitor who knows how to handle a college dual-match situation."
The Huskers add another first-year transfer in Bradley Mittleman from Old Dominion.
Mittleman posted a 4-1 singles mark and a 1-2 doubles record at ODU - all coming in fall tournament action. He went 2-1 at the Spider Invite in Richmond and 2-0 at the UTSA/ITA Regional Qualifier at Virginia Tech.
Mittleman was ranked as the No. 2 player in Kansas coming out of Blue Valley West High School. He was ranked as the No. 247 recruit in the country by TennisRecruiting.net while training at the Mike Wolf Tennis Academy.
"Bradley impressed us with his maturity, work ethic, and desire to grow his game," Maymi said. "Having already played a year of college tennis at Old Dominion, he will be able to lead by example during his first year at Nebraska. We are excited to watch Bradley grow as a leader on and off the court here."
The Huskers added one of the top young players in the state of Ohio with the signing of Chester Wickwire late in the spring. Wickwire will join the Huskers as a true freshman looking to compete for time in the Nebraska lineup. A four-star recruit, Wickwire was ranked as the No. 176 recruit in the nation by the Tennis Recruiting Network. He was also ranked as the No. 4 player in Ohio.
"Chester is someone we believe has his best tennis in front of him," Maymi said. "He has great quickness on the court, can finish at the net, and holds his position on the baseline very well. We are excited to see his progress."