Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Chris Johnson has announced the signing of Maxim Borcuti and Ryker Heller to the 2015-16 recruiting class. Borcuti and Heller join Eddie Gutierrez and Ivan Petrunin to cap off the Liberty men's tennis incoming class.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Borcuti grew up in Toronto, Canada where he reached an ITF junior ranking of 896. Borcuti was an ITF doubles finalist and has wins over players in the ITF Top 200 and 500. The Canada native was ranked in the Top 10 for U16 tennis and was also a quarterfinalist at the ITF tournament in Bermuda, defeating the No. 2 seed to get there. Borcuti is coached by Jakub Zahlava and Alexander Wasker and is trained by Ian Pyka.
"On my official visit to Liberty I chose to attend because I simply loved the atmosphere and people are so great there at what they do and they truly care," stated Borcuti. "I know that if I go to Liberty, I could only become a greater person in everything I do. Liberty gives me the opportunity to do just that."
"We are very excited to add Maxim Borcuti to our fall 2015 lineup," commented Johnson. "He has a very solid all-around game and great experience playing in pro futures events"
Heller is a multi-sport athlete graduating with honors from Veritas Academy in Bastrop, Texas. Heller was a four-time Texas Association Private Parochial Schools (TAPPS) singles champion in tennis and received his high school's male athlete of the year award. In addition to tennis, Heller was captain of his football team and received first team all-state honors.
Heller was born in Wenatchee, Washington, but has spent most of his life in Texas. He is the son of John and Robyn Heller and has one older sister that attends Texas A&M University and two younger sisters that attend Austin Veritas Academy. During Heller's first visit to Liberty, he fell in love with the people and campus. He had an overwhelming sense that Liberty is exactly where God wanted him to be. Heller plans to study biomedical sciences at Liberty and ultimately become an anesthesiologist.
"When I saw Ryker play tennis I knew he was an athlete and a tough competitor," stated assistant coach Rich Benson. "I believe Ryker's natural athletic ability and drive will serve him well at Liberty. We expect his game will develop and look forward to seeing him compete for a place in the line-up."
With the loss of two successful seniors in Dillon Segur and Jorge Azuero, Johnson aims to help rebuild the squad for the upcoming years. "Our 2015-16 recruiting class is not only strong but deep as well," stated Johnson. "Starting positions on our team this coming year will be fought for and earned. We are excited to see the results our guys have this summer as they prepare to come in."
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