PHILADELPHIA - Penn Men's Tennis announces arrival of three new recruits for the 2008-09 campaign. Phil Law, Jason Lin and Hicham Laalej will be joining the Quakers for the fall schedule in 2008.
"We feel very fortunate to be having three such outstanding young men join our program this season," head coach Nik DeVore said."We lost four quality individuals to graduation this year who will be impossible to replace, but we feel strongly that the three new players we have coming in this season will make significant contributions to our program."
Phil Law of Alberta, Canada comes to Penn with outstanding qualifications both on and off court. An extremely versatile player who has had a great deal of success in both singles and doubles in Canada at at the International level, Law has been ranked as high as No. 4 in Canada as a Junior. Hewas the 16's national outdoor champion in 2006, semifinalist at the national indoors in 2007 and a finalist at the G5 ITF Championship in 2007.
"Philhas long been one of the best doubles players in Canada as well, and recently won the ITF G5 Doubles title in Burlington," DeVore said.
With a doubles record of 27-15 on the ITF Junior Circuit, he has a career high combined junior world ranking of No. 485.Law is also an outstanding student, having achieved honor roll status every year since the first grade, and having been named to his school's peer support group and French Ambassador program.Law will be studying in the Wharton School of Business.
Jason Lin ofIrvine, California has been one of the top junior tennis player in Southern California throughout his junior career. In 2006 he was ranked as high as No. 8 in Southern California and No. 51 in the nation. In 2008Lin has been ranked as high as No. 15 in Southern California (18's) and top-65 in the United States.
"Southern California is arguably the toughest section in the country, so his rankings and results over the years are quite impressive,"DeVore said.
Besides tennis,Lin is an outstanding student and musician. He is a member of the Principals Honor Roll and was commended National Merit Scholar. An accomplished musician,he studied the piano and violin for the past 11 years. He plays first chair in the Southern California Youth Orchestra, and had the opportunity to travel throughout China and Taiwan performing concerts as part of a cultural exchange program. Jason will also be studying in the Wharton School of Business.
Hicham Laalej ofMeknes, Morroco is a transfer student from Stetson University in Florida. Before attending Stetson, Hicham was ranked as high as No. 2 in Morocco as a Junior and achieved a world junior ranking of No. 297. As a member of the Stetson Men's Tennis Team,Laalej served as Team Captain and helped his team to an all-time high national team ranking of No. 53 in 2008.Laalej had incredible results in both singles and doubles while at Stetson, going an impressive 50-9 in singles and 27-14 in doubles over two years. In 2006-07 he was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. He was also named to the Atlantic Sun All Academic Team and as an ITA Scholar Athlete.
Off the court, Laalejhas been extremely active as well. At Stetson, he served as an RA, and before attending Stetson he volunteered his time as an English Tutor at his high school. He alsohelped to educate young children on the importance of reading at the library in Morroco and helped to lead humanitarian efforts (AHPO) in Morroco where he and others would collect and distribute clothes, shoes, food and books to the poorest regions of Morroco. Hicham will be a transfer Junior and plans to study in the School of Science and Engineering at Penn.
"All three of these young men have the attributes we look for in our Penn recruits," DeVore said."They should fit in nicely with our group and help us to achieve our future goals. With the addition of these outstanding recruits, we look to move up the Ivy Standings and challenge for the Ivy Title once again."