Monday, April 20, 2020

Hsieh Chooses University of Chicago; Update on Division I Collegiate Signings, Transfers, Returning Seniors

With no tennis being played, much of the news this month has been focused on the college game, with the usual commitments and signings, plus the decisions of seniors as to whether they will be returning in 2021 to take advantage of the NCAA eligibility waiver.

Since mid-February, I've written four commitment announcements, with another coming Friday, but the only one not that is not Division I is today's Tennis Recruiting Network article on five-star recruit Derek Hsieh, who will be joining the Division III University of Chicago team this fall. The 17-year-old from New Jersey, who had planned to play high school tennis this spring at his public high school before the pandemic hijacked the season, wanted to prioritize academics in choosing a school, but still wanted a chance to contend for a national title.

As for other college news, I've checked most of the websites of the top Division I teams, but many transfers have not yet been announced by their new teams. For up-to-date news on verbal commitments and transfers, see Parsa Nemati's twitter account @ParsaBombs.

Illinois has announced that seniors Zeke Clark and Vuk Budic will return for the 2020-21 season. The Fighting Illini have a transfer coming for next season, with Nic Meister leaving Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps after his sophomore year.

Ohio State senior Kyle Seelig will return to the Buckeyes next season, which will be his sixth year in Columbus, as he took a redshirt year previously.

Wisconsin has signed four-star recruit Tim Dzhurinskiy of California.
SMU has signed four-star recruit John Zisette of California.

USC has signed Lodewijk Weststrate of the Netherlands, who was ranked as high as 39 in the ITF world junior rankings last February.

Washington has signed Clement Chidekh of France, who is a transfer from National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon.

In women's news, Georgia has signed 17-year-old Ziva Falkner of Slovenia, who is at a career-high of 42 in the ITF world junior rankings and reached the Australian Open girls doubles final this year.

Iowa has signed 18-year-old Vipasha Mehra of India.

Shir Azran of Israel is transferring to Auburn after two years at Fresno State.

Indianna Spink of Great Britain has signed with Arkansas.

Iowa State senior Maty Cancini is returning for the 2020-21 season.

Isabella Pfennig of Germany has signed with Miami.

Satoho Toriumi of Japan has signed with New Mexico.

Malaika Rapolu, a blue chip from Texas, has signed with the Longhorns.

Cora Barber of Germany has signed with Tulane.

TCU has announced two graduate student transfers for next season: Clemson's Tate Schroeder and Winthrop's Alisa Soloveva.