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    Northwestern Signs Four to National Letters of Intent

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Head coach Arvid Swan has signed a solid quartet for 2013-14.
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    Head coach Arvid Swan has signed a solid quartet for 2013-14.
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    Jan. 7, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern head men's tennis coach Arvid Swan has announced the signing of a stellar four-member class for the 2013-14 season. Alp Horoz, Strong Kirchheimer, Sam Shropshire and Konrad Zieba will all matriculate to Evanston in the fall of 2013.

    "I am extremely excited to welcome Alp, Strong, Sam and Konrad to the Northwestern Tennis program," Swan said. "I expect this class to make an immediate and significant impact on the program in both singles and doubles."

    Northwestern posted a 15-11 overall mark, including a 7-4 Big Ten record, last season while advancing to the NCAA tournament. NU's recently concluded fall season included both the singles (Raleigh Smith) and doubles champions (Smith and Sidarth Balaji) at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.

    The Wildcats open this year's duel meet season on Sunday, Jan. 13 when they host Ball State and Western Michigan at the Combe Tennis Center.

    Bios on each of the four individuals follow.

    Alp Horoz
    6-0 • 175
    Istanbul, Turkey/Saddlebrook Preparatory School (Tampa, Fla.)

    No. 189 world ranked junior player ... No. 1 junior player from Turkey ... Member of the Turkey Junior Davis Cup Team ... First Turkish player ever selected to the ITF Europe A Team ... 2012 winner of two ITF doubles titles and finals of one ITF singles event.

    Strong Kirchheimer
    6-1 • 170
    Cary, N.C./University of Texas High School

    No. 28 ranked US player according to tennisrecruiting.net ... No. 4 ranked player in the southern region and No. 1 player in N.C. ... Round of 32 at 2012 US National Clay Court Championships ... Round of 16 at US National Hardcourt Championships consolation bracket ... Third place at 2012 US National Open ... Won 2012 N.C. State Qualifier.

     

     

    Sam Shropshire
    6-2 • 175
    Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy

    No. 30 ranked US player according to tennisrecruiting.net ... No. 1 player in the middle-states region ... Winner of 2012 US Spring Nationals Doubles Championships and National Open in Marietta, Ga ... Third place at US National Hardcourt Doubles Championships in 2011 ... 2011 Bill Talbot Sportsmanship Award winner ... 2012 Consolation winner at National Open in Aston, Pa.

    Konrad Zieba
    6-1 • 170
    Glenview Ill./Glenbrook South

    No. 13 ranked and No. 3 Tennis RPI for US players according to tennisrecruiting.net ... No. 1 player in the Midwest region ... Winner of the Midwest Closed Regional Tournament in Boys 16s and 18s ... Winner of 18s National Regional Segment Tournament ... Round of 16 at US National Clay Court Singles Championships and quarterfinals of US National Clay Court Doubles Championships.

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