Smithfield, RI -- Sixth-year head coach Ron Gendron is pleased to announce the signing of Max Vogt, a top-150 recruit and Fair Oaks, Calif., native, to the Bryant University men's tennis team for the start of the 2012-13 season.
A Californian his entire life, Vogt will be welcomed to a program that has made enormous strides during its four years of NCAA Division I reclassification and will finally be eligible for postseason competition in the spring of 2013.
Vogt will join a youth-laden lineup that has already excelled and played well beyond its years, as the Bulldogs – who boast five underclassmen in their six-man lineup (including four freshmen) – have already gone 11-5 overall and 3-1 against Northeast Conference competition in their final year of reclassification.
"We are extremely excited to add Max to our youth-infused lineup," Gendron said Thursday. "Max, along with another young man from abroad, will be solid additions to a very deep, young and improving squad."
A gifted athlete who attended Granite Bay High School (Granite Bay, Calif.), Vogt ranked in the top 10 in the "Boys 18" age group in Northern California and earned an 18's Doubles Sectional title at the age of 16. Currently ranked 141st nationally, 30th in the southwest and 20th in California, Vogt was also named his high school's most valuable player after just his freshman year.
Vogt also parlays his talents on the court to the classroom, boasting above a weighted 4.0 grade point average throughout high school. He heads to Bryant hoping to one day work in a major city and is excited for the change in scenery of an east coast school.
"Max is a wonderful student-athlete from a nice family that we are very pleased to be adding to our tennis family," Gendron said.
The Bulldogs will travel to Hofstra and Stony Brook this weekend for a pair of matches in the Long Island region. First up, Bryant looks for the season sweep of Hofstra on Saturday (April 14) before facing off against the Seawolves on Sunday at noon.