Jan. 29, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill -- Arvid Swan's first recruiting class at the helm of Northwestern men's tennis has been touted as the No. 11 class in the country by TennisRecruiting.net. In November, Swan signed Eric Spector (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) and Josh Graves (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) to National Letters of Intent.
Northwestern sits behind only Illinois among Big Ten teams and is one of only four conference squads to appear in the top 25.
"I am very excited by the signing of Eric and Josh," Swan said. "This is a great group of young men that will represent the university well in the next four years. I expect both players to compete for playing time next year and be instrumental in helping the team become a perennial top 20 program."
During their senior years, both have been ranked as five-star recruits by tennisrecruiting.net and are in the top 55 in the nation. Spector is No. 2 and Graves is No. 3 in the Midwest.
Eric Spector competed with the USTA National team in both England and France in 2004, while winning the Midwest Open. In 2005, Spector took the crown at the doubles Midwest, was on a championship team in Chicago and placed sixth in the Super Nationals in the winter. As a junior, his high school team won the state championship, while he finished third individually. He then won the CDTA Qualifier. This past season, Spector became a finalist at the ITF Spring Circuit and was a semifinalist a month earlier in the same circuit.
Graves, one of the top prospects in the Midwest, was a quarterfinalist of the consolation bracket at the National Clay Courts event, finished undefeated in Midwest Davis Cup and was a winner and finalist of numerous sectional events. In the Boys 16 National Open, Graves placed third, while finishing fifth in the 18-year-old division. Graves then topped that feat by winning the the Boys 18 Midwest Closed Championships as a 16 year old. At the St. Louis National Clay Court tournament, the senior posted another third-place finish. As a freshman, Graves was named an all-state performer without losing a single match that season. His team went on to win the state title.
For the complete rankings, visit TennisRecruiting.net