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Utah State Men's Tennis Signs One for the Fall

Thursday, May. 01, 2014

Utah State's men's tennis coach with player

USU's men’s tennis coach Clancy Shields announced the signing of three-star recruit Andrew Nakajima for the 2014-15 season.

Utah State [University] men’s tennis signed three-star recruit Andrew Nakajima out of Beaverton, Ore., it was announced Monday [April 28, 2014] by head coach Clancy Shields.

“Andrew is going to be an all-star here at Utah State,” Shields said. “He is a unique player in the sense that he is a late bloomer, and he is just starting to blossom. The sky is the limit for Andrew, and we believe that he will not only be successful in our conference, but also at the national level. We are thrilled to welcome Andrew to our tennis family and for him to begin writing his success story here at Utah State.”

Nakajima is rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Oregon, the No. 8 player in the Northwest region, and has a national tennis RPI of 73. Nakajima also received interest from Oregon and Boise State.

“I loved the campus and the town of Logan itself,” Nakajima said. “I wanted to go to a bigger school with a college town feel to it, like Logan. I also found the business program appealing as I plan in being a marketing major. What I really liked pertaining to athletics is that Utah State is in a conference with really good competition. The guys on the team are great, and the residents of Logan are very supportive of the school’s athletics. With Clancy being the new head coach, it provides a chance to leave a legacy with the school and tennis program which is something I would really like to be a part of.”

Nakajima joins Avery West out of Bellingham, Wash., in the 2014-15 class.

Utah State concluded its season last week at the MW Tennis Tournament where the Aggies fell to eventual tournament champions, #25 Boise State, in the quarterfinals.

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