Highly Touted Trio to Join Husker Tennis Team
Lincoln - Coach Kerry McDermott announced the signing of three talented student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Nebraska men's tennis team in 2018.
The three 2018-19 newcomers include a pair of in-state players led by five-star blue chip recruit Mason Meier from Elkhorn South High School and four-star recruit William Gleason out Lincoln Southwest High School. The three-member class adds a distinct international flavor with the addition of Victor Moreno Lozano from Madrid, Spain.
"We are very excited about this recruiting class because it is possibly the best class we have had in many years, especially as a group," Nebraska Coach Kerry McDermott said. "We can see the effects of the new facility starting to pay off, and we are happy to have these guys who are fully committed to taking this team to another level. It's great to have the two best Nebraska kids, Mason and William, signing with the team, and we feel that the experience that they have and the fact that they want to continue to improve will be very beneficial to our school and tennis program on a National Level.
"Victor has a very high level of play coming into the program and his experience will make this team very competitive. The one common thing we see with these recruits is that they have a strong desire to improve, want to work hard, do the right things, and are willing to go the extra mile to get better. The future looks bright with these guys joining the team, and we as coaches are excited for the future on Nebraska Tennis."
Meier is ranked No. 25 nationally in Boys 18 and Under Singles. He is a 2017 University of Nebraska ITA Singles champion, a three-time Nebraska High School Boys Class B Singles champion, and owns multiple Sectional Singles and Doubles titles since the age of 12.
Meier is a 2017 Missouri Valley Sweet 16's Singles champion, and his big breakthrough came at Winter Nationals last year when he won five matches. He recently won the Boys 18 and Under Singles and Doubles title playing alongside Gleason in Topeka, Kansas. Meier chose Nebraska over Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa and drew recruiting interest from Texas, Baylor, Louisville and Penn State.
Gleason is ranked No. 138 nationally in Boys 18 and Under Singles and climbed as high as No. 76 in the 16 and Under Singles in 2016. He is a three-time Nebraska High School Boys Class A Singles champion, and he recently won the Boys 18 and Under Doubles title playing alongside future Meier in Topeka, Kansas. Gleason chose Nebraska over Cal Poly, Oregon and Omaha.
Lozano, who attends Vallmont High School, was ranked No. 5 nationally in Spain for Boys 16 and Under Singles in 2016, and he was ranked No. 1 in Madrid for Boys 16 and Under Singles. He is currently ranked No. 102 in all of Spain Men's Singles, including tennis professionals such as Rafael Nadal, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista and Fernando Verdasco, and has climbed as high as No. 96 in those rankings.
Moreno said he chose Nebraska because of the new facilities, the coaching staff, and because of the quality of Nebraska's engineering program. Moreno's brother, Alvaro, is competing collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
“We are excited to be adding a strong recruiting class to the Nebraska men’s tennis team," Assistant Coach Fungai Tongoona said. "The three guys will add depth and leadership to our team. We have everything in place for them to be successful here at Nebraska and in the future, and they will help us compete for a Big Ten title.”