Grace’s men’s tennis team has signed a local standout to its 2013-14 roster in David Driscoll from Wabash High School.
Driscoll is a four-time All-Conference performer in the Three Rivers Conference.
“When I first visited Grace, I really liked the location and the beautiful campus,” Driscoll said. “Grace is only 40 minutes away from Wabash. Therefore I can be home if I need to be or I can stay on campus and be away if I want to be.”
Wabash has won four straight TRC championships over the past four years. Additionally, Driscoll has helped the team win two sectional crowns as Wabash’s No. 1 singles player.
He posted an 18-5 record as a senior, winning the conference singles championship.
"David had a strong career at Wabash. He was an example of what dedication, hard work and talent bring to the table in terms of achieving success," said Wabash head coach Dan Ford. "With his positive attitude and continued effort, Grace College tennis will benefit from having him as a teammate."
Outside of athletics, Driscoll has been involved in the athletic student council. He plans to major in sport management or marketing during his time at Grace.
One of the top tennis players in the state of Indiana has signed with Grace College. Jacob Stump of Angola High School has decided to continue his tennis career at Grace under head coach Larry Schuh.
Stump is the winningest singles player in Angola’s history, charging his way to the IHSAA Individual State Tournament in 2012.
“I chose Grace to get a Christian-based education. Grace has a great community-based atmosphere at the campus,” Stump said. “I’m excited to continue developing and growing my tennis abilities, competing at a high level and contributing my best to help the team be successful.”
During his senior year, Stump helped pilot Angola to a conference tournament championship. Stump took the No. 1 singles crown in the conference tournament.
Stump was named the All-Area Tennis Prep of the Year as a result of his outstanding senior campaign.
“Jake’s talent was obvious at an early age. The time and effort he put into his own development made him into a champion,” said Angola tennis coach Scott Hottell. “Congratulations to both Jake and Grace College. I wish Jake and his teammates success in the classroom and on the court.”
Stump, who resides in Angola, Ind., is the son of Mark and Stephanee Stump.
The Grace College men’s tennis team has gone below the border in signing Venezuela’s Daniel Sanchez for the 2011-12 campaign.
Daniel, a native of Puerto Ordaz, is an accomplished tennis player on a national stage. He was the national runner-up for Venezuela’s under-18 singles group and has also helped win the national doubles competition twice.
“I chose Grace because it is a college recognized for its great education,” Daniel said. “At Grace, you grow spiritually and put God first. I want the team to go to nationals, and I want to be recognized as a player who plays for God’s glory.”
Academically, Daniel was in the top-10 of his class each year of high school and was a member of the Honor Roll. While at Grace, he plans to major in business administration.
"I am very excited that God led Daniel to Grace College," said Grace head coach Larry Schuh. "Daniel is a strong believer who looks forward to growing in his faith at Grace while being challenged to grow academically and athletically. He is a tough, experienced competitor who will make an impact on our team and on our campus."
Daniel is the son of Daniel and Mariela Sanchez.
The Grace men’s tennis team signed its first recruit of the 2011-12 campaign in Mount Vernon Township High School’s Ryan Scott.
Ryan, a Mount Vernon, Ill., native, lettered in three years of tennis, four years of soccer and one year of baseball during his high school career. He played No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles for the tennis team and finished third in No. 2 doubles at sectionals last spring. He also helped lead his team to a 26-match winning streak.
“Grace provided me with the optimum opportunity to grow as a Christian, student and as an athlete,” Ryan said. “I want to excel as a tennis player and as a teammate, and eventually, if possible, play professional tennis.”
At Grace, Ryan plans to major in French education. He is excited to study abroad in France and hopes to teach French upon graduation from college.
“We are thrilled to bring on Ryan to the men’s tennis team at Grace,” said Grace College head coach Larry Schuh. “He is a solid Christian and tennis player. I look forward to his athletic contribution to the team in the future but even more so, his spiritual leadership.”
Ryan is the son of Richard and Lora Scott.
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