April 26, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's tennis has landed its fourth outstanding recruit for the 2011-12 year with the signing of Mons Knudtzon to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Mary Davis announced Friday.
Knudtzon, a native of Oslo, Norway, attends the Norwegian College of Elite Sport. He currently holds a junior ranking of second in Norway and a men's ranking of 10th. Knudtzon is also ranked 97th in Europe. In 2009 and 2010, he won Norwegian national championships in doubles and he has also won four ITF doubles tournaments, two in his native Oslo and one apiece in Finland and Moldova.
"Mons has a truly impressive doubles resumé," Davis said. "There's little doubt in my mind that he and his friend, incoming freshman Ziad Sultan, will combine to make a formidable doubles pair. Mons also has enough game from the back of the court to compete for a starting singles position. We're really excited to have him join our program."
Sultan, who was signed by the Gauchos in November, is a powerful 6-foot-3 native of Kuwait. He has a serve that reaches 130 miles per hour and is ranked No. 1 in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Joining Knudzton and Sultan in UCSB's best recruiting class in several years, are Mbonisi Ndimande of Zimbabawe, the No. 1 junior college singles player in the country at Seminole State College in Oklahoma, and Greg Scott of Manhattan Beach, Calif., one of the top prep players in the state.