June 25, 2013
BEAUMONT – After South African Jeandre Hoogenboezem officially committed to the Lamar men’s tennis program last fall, head coach Scott Shankles turned his attention to Europe, where he went on to add Michael Feucht of Germany and Nikita Lis of Russia.
“I think that, along with Jeandre, we’re definitely adding players have a lot of good experience from their junior careers,” Shankles explained. “These additions will give us a much deeper line-up, and I look for them to be very important contributors.”
Feucht, who hails from Augsburg, a city roughly 50 miles outside of Munich, has been ranked as high as 25th in his age group in Germany and 285th overall. The 6-foot-3 left-hander is a two time regional champion as well as an accomplished doubles player, winning a pair of Tennis Europe titles along with one in ITF Juniors.
“Michael is a tall left-hander with a lot potential.” Shankles said. “He can play a big game consistently, and he’s also very athletic. He should transition to NCAA Division I tennis very well.”
Lis is set to relocate to Beaumont from Kaliningrad, a coastal Russian exclave in between Poland and Lithuania. A winner of multiple Tennis Europe and ITF Junior tournaments all over the continent, Lis has been ranked as high as seventh in his age group in Russia.
“Nikita has a lot of experience with some great results,” Shankles said. “He had to overcome an injury, but he’s back to 100% now. He’s going to be a very good contributor in singles, and he has a good baseline game and transitions well.”
The duo along with Hoogenboezem, a former South African age-group national champion, will move to campus for the start of the fall semester in August.