Feb. 4, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's tennis recruiting class for 2011 has been ranked 21st in the nation according to Tennisrecruiting.net.
The Gauchos signed two players in the early signing period. They inked Gregory Scott of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Ziad Sultan of the American School of Kuwait.
"We're really pleased with our early signing success and believe that with the addition of two more players in the spring, we will have one of the top recruiting classes in the country," said head coach Marty Davis.
Scott is considered one of the top high school players in California and the nation. Most recently, he was rated 20th nationall, fifth in the Southwest and fourth in California. His most recent TennisRPI, which was recorded on Jan. 20, was 17.
Sultan is 6-foot-3 and has a powerful serve that reaches 130 miles per hour. His development could be a boon for UCSB. Sultan is ranked No. 1 in the Gulf Cooperation Council which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Gauchos are currently ranked 61st nationally. They posted their first win of the season on Sunday, Jan. 30 when they defeated Troy at the National Team Indoor Championships in Gainesville, Fla., 4-0. UCSB hosts the University of San Diego in its home opener on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 1:00 p.m. on the Recreation Center Courts.