WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College men's tennis program has bolstered its lineup for the 2015-16 season, head coach Jason Speegle announced Wednesday. Four student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their tennis careers as Moundbuilders next season.
Blake Cherry (Edmond, Okla. – Edmond Memorial HS)
Cherry will join the Moundbuilders after a successful high school tennis career at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla., where he played No. 2 singles for the Bulldogs. Cherry posted a 14-1 overall singles record as a senior, and capped his high school career by finishing second at the Oklahoma 6A State Tennis Championship. His performance helped Memorial finish second as a team at the Oklahoma 6A State Boys Tennis Championship.
Cherry's successful senior season followed a junior campaign in which he posted a 21-3 overall record, and was a regional champion before finishing fourth at the Oklahoma 6A State Boys Tennis Championship in No. 2 singles.
David Burdick (Norman, Okla. – Norman North HS)
Burdick's success at the high school level was enough to gain international attention. He recently completed his high school career at Norman North High School in Norman, Okla., where he played No. 1 doubles with his brother, Derek Burdick. The duo finished third at regionals, and qualified for the Oklahoma 6A State Championships.
Burdick took his game across the ocean in 2015, when he was chosen to play on the 2015 Newks Touring Team in Scotland and England. The touring team is a program of the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, a world-renowned tennis destination in New Braunfels, Texas.
Josh Ellis (Ada, Okla. – Cowley CC)
Ellis will continue his collegiate career just 10 miles north of where it began at Cowley College. As a Tiger, Ellis advanced to the quarterfinal round of the No. 3 Doubles competition at the 2014 NJCAA Div. I National Championship.
Prior to Cowley, Ellis played his high school tennis at Ada High School in Ada, Okla., where he was a 2012-13 4A State Champion at No. 1 Doubles, and helped guide the Ada Cougars to Oklahoma 4A State Championships in both 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Jonathan Buckner (Duncanville, Texas – Duncanville HS)
Buckner comes to Southwestern from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, where he competed as both a singles and doubles player. He was an Area runner-up in 2013, and claimed the 2014 Area championship, while guiding the DHS Panthers to a District Championship during both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He also finished fourth in District doubles as a senior in 2015.
Southwestern College will open its 2015-16 campaign on Sept. 5, traveling to Great Bend, Kan., to face the Cougars of Barton County Community College.