Men's Tennis Inks Pair of Junior College All-Americans
July 10, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's tennis team has signed National Letters of Intent with a pair of junior college All-American tennis players it was announced by head coach Paul Goebel, Monday.
Amrit Narasimhan (Sugar Land, Texas) and Benedikt Fischer (Germany) were teammates at Tyler Junior College in Texas, where they both finished the year ranked in the top 10 in the FILA/ITA year-end rankings and were named ITA All-Americans in both singles and doubles following 2005-06.
"Bringing in Amrit and Benny will add some much-needed experience at the collegiate level. Both had great years at one of the top junior college tennis programs at Tyler," Goebel said. "They both have great court presence, great work ethic and a winning attitude that will help some of the newer players on our team. "
Narasimhan, a native of Hyderabad, India, came to Sugarland, Texas in 2002 and attended William P. Clements High School. From Clements, Narasimhan went to Tyler Junior College. As a freshman at Tyler JC (TJC), Narasimhan upended the top seed of the No. 5 championship singles flight to win the title at the NJCAA Division I Men's Tennis National Championship. The following year, as a sophomore, Narasimham helped Tyler upend defending NJCAA National Champ Laredo College, to win the Region XIV Championship and also picked up wins over the top ranked player in juco tennis, Alejandro Gonzalez, and over Tobias Vidrhage, the No. 2 ranked juco singles player and the No. 3 ranked player in Sweden.
A two-time ITA All-American, Narasimhan and his team finished as the national runner up in both of his seasons, falling just two points shy of a national championship with the team in his sophomore season. He capped his two-year career at Tyler as the No. 5 ranked singles player in the FILA/ITA junior college rankings. A 3.8 student and a member of the all-academic team, Narasimham was a Presidential Scholar at TJC and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He was also a member of the National Dean's List and a Whose Who Among American Junior Colleges.
At Memphis, he plans on studying business and then wants to attend law school and to focus on sports law. He is the son of Shyam and Nandini Narasimhan and his mom, Nandini, played tennis on the national circuit in India.
"I picked Memphis mainly because of the presence of Coach Goebel and Coach Walker," Narasimhan said. "They have put together a tough schedule and I want to play the top Division I schools. The guys with the team are a lot like the guys on my team at TJC in values, discipline and work ethic. It's also pretty close to home and I liked the weather and the environment in Memphis."
Narasimhan also capped the year as part of the No. 8 ranked doubles tandem in the country while teamed with Fischer. Fischer, in addition to his doubles ranking, capped his junior college career the No. 8 ranked singles player in the country.
The transfers join the freshman class of Spencer Heflin (Memphis, Tenn./MUS), Cody Loup (Baton Rouge, La.), Charlie Spencer (Chattanooga, Tenn.). The trio of freshmen all signed with the Tigers during the fall signing period.