Nov. 15, 2005
Virginia men's tennis head coach Brian Boland announced that three players have signed letters of intent to join the Cavaliers next fall. Shan Sondhu (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Milo Johnson (Tulsa, Okla.) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) will be part of the first-year class during the 2006-07 season. Sondhu and Singer continue the pipeline of highly touted California players to come to Charlottesville, adding to the four players from the Golden State already in the program.
"I could not be more pleased with the signing of these three young men," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "They are all outstanding people as well as talented players and we look forward to working with them. We worked extremely hard to not only to find the right people, but players that fit into what we are trying to accomplish in our program. All three of these players are outstanding students and will be extremely successful at Virginia."
Sondhu is one of the top junior players in the country and is one of the top five recruits to sign this fall. In July he won the 2005 USTA National Open after reaching the semifinals the previous year. In both years, he reached the doubles final of the event. Earlier this year, he reached the final of the ITF junior circuit event in College Station, Texas and reached the quarterfinals of the USTA International Grass Court Championship in Philadelphia.
Boland on Sondhu: "Shan is one of the best players to sign in the country. He has tremendous talent and is a great athlete. Shan competes with great intensity and focus and is an unbelievable fighter on the court. We look forward to seeing him develop into the level of player we know he can be. Shan is someone that we believe is just starting to show what he is capable of doing. He wants to play at the next level and we look forward to helping him accomplish all of his goals."
Sondhu on Choosing Virginia: "I chose to attend the University of Virginia because I feel that I would be a perfect fit in the tennis program. It has everything I am looking for in a university. It is very strong in both academics as well as athletics. The school is complimented by its perfect location and beautiful city of Charlottesville. Not only is Virginia a great school, but it also has two great tennis coaches. Brian Boland and assistant coach Tony Bresky are both outstanding individuals. They have a great reputation amongst past and current players. The school has an impressive history and I am very excited to be a part of the prestige that the University of Virginia holds and will continue to hold in its tennis program. As a junior tennis player who has competed at high levels both nationally and internationally I feel that deciding to go to UVa is ultimately the best choice I could have made, and hope to have a wonderful college experience at the university."
Johnson is a highly recruited junior player from Oklahoma. He was the 2005 Oklahoma 4A State Champion. Johnson is the top ranked player in the USTA Missouri Valley region, winning two tournaments in the region this year. He also earned that region's Sportsmanship Award.
Boland on Johnson: "Milo is another player that we believe is just starting to develop. He has recently had some good results and we believe his best tennis is in front of him. He is just starting to focus his attention on the game with the level of intensity necessary for him to reach his potential. He has always played other sports and has not always been able to focus as much as he needs to on playing tennis. He showed us a strong level of commitment and we look forward to working with him as we believe Milo can compete at the highest level."
Johnson on Choosing Virginia: "For me, there was no bigger opportunity in college tennis than to be a part of this team. I was attracted to how connected the team is to the energy and enthusiasm of coaches Boland and Bresky. I feel so much pride in having a chance to be a part of the excitement."
Singer is a top junior player from Southern California. He has been ranked as high as No. 10 nationally in the 18s and in 2003 was ranked No. 1 nationally in 14s. Last December, he reached the quarterfinals of the USTA National Winter Championships. Also a strong doubles player, he reached the quarterfinals of the 2004 National Clay Court Championships.
Boland on Singer: "We have always been impressed by Lee. He is someone who is going to be the perfect team guy. Lee has always been one of the top players nationally until he started battling injuries in the past year. He is almost fully recovered so he can get back on the court and compete full time. He has not been able to get the results he is capable of with the injury, but we are excited about him being healthy again starting in the new year. We could not be more excited about working with him as he is a tremendous athlete and is a great fighter on the court."
Singer on Choosing Virginia: "Choosing Virginia was really a no-brainer. There were many colleges I had to choose from, but once I met Coach Boland, Coach Bresky, and the team I knew that this definitely was the place for me. My goal is specific, I want to help UVa win an NCAA tennis championship."