Gauchos Sign Top NorCal Prep Tennis Player Matt Alves to NLI

Matt Alves
Matt Alves

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Matt Alves, who has been the No. 1 ranked junior tennis player in Northern California, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play tennis at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Marty Davis announced Tuesday.

Alves, a native of Gold River, Calif., who attends Casa Roble High School in Orangevale, Calif., is a Blue Chip recruit and is ranked No. 19 nationally by  In addition to his No. 1 ranking in Northern California, Alves has been ranked in the top-40 in the USTA Boys 18s, 16s and 14s.

"Matt has a big game with huge upside," Davis said.  "Signing him really adds to the great recruiting class that we brought in for this season."

The Gauchos four-player recruiting class for that is competing this season, was ranked among the top-25 nationally and it was first among all NCAA mid-major program.  Included in the class was Greg Scott, the top high school player in Southern California.

Alves has a lengthy tennis resume that includes a singles championship at the National Open Boys 18 in Lakewood, Calif., in May of 2011.  In doubles, he won the Nor Cal Sectional title in June 2011 as well as the National Open Boys 18s in Lakewood in May and in Palm Desert in February of 2011.

Alves attended the Gorin Tennis Academy from 2003-10 and the Joe Gilbert Tennis Academy in 2011.  He was voted the Casa Roble HS Spring Male Athlete of the Year in 2010-11 and he won the Capital Valley League singles championship in 2011.