June 25, 2013
FORT WORTH — The TCU men’s tennis program has made two additions to its 2013 signing class, head coach David Roditi announced Tuesday.
Joining the Horned Frogs’ roster this fall will be incoming freshmen Andres Alfonzo (Miami, Fla./Kaplan HS) and Hudson Blake (Phoenix Ariz./Brophy College Prep). The pair of signees will join prep standout Trey Daniel (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Blue Valley West HS), who inked an early National Letter of Intent last fall.
The three-man class will join a veteran TCU roster next season that returns five of its top seven players, including three who won individual Big 12 championships in 2013 [Nick Chappell and Will Stein (No. 1 doubles); Facundo Lugones (No. 4 singles)]. The Frogs advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2010 last season before concluding the spring ranked No. 38 nationally. The squad’s lone losses came to teams ranked No. 27 or higher, while it posted top wins over talented programs the likes of Stanford, North Carolina and Memphis.
“This is a great group of players to add to the experienced team that we will have returning next season,” Roditi said. “Our success in the Big 12 this past spring was a big reason why we were able to attract these types of players. I think each of these guys took notice of the momentum that we have been able to build here in a short time, and they will be important to our progress moving forward.”
Alfonzo, a 5-9, 150-pound righthander joins the Frogs program after attending school and crafting his game at Miami’s Nunez Tennis Training Academy. Originally hailing from Venezuela, Alfonzo currently ranks No. 166 on the ITF world juniors list after climbing as high as 145th at one point this year.
Alfonzo made headlines this past spring when he reached the singles Round of 16 at the 2013 USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. He has been coached at Nunez Training Academy by a collection of coaches including Luis Rodriguez, Kyle Mayberry, Diego Dominguez, Guillermo Cañas, Juan Galarza, Erik Nuñez and Maurice Ruah.
“I’m really excited about joining this great team and university,” Alfonzo said. “This has been one of the most important decisions in my life, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming challenges during the next four years as a Horned Frog.”
Blake, a 6-3, 185-pound lefthander, arrives at TCU from Arizona high school tennis powerhouse Brophy College Prep. He has been rated as one of the nation’s top-300 seniors for the Class of 2013 and No. 3 for the state of Arizona according to the Tennis Recruiting Network.
Blake experienced his best season as a senior in 2012, winning the Arizona 5A state singles championship after earning runner-up honors two straight years in doubles as both a sophomore and junior. His efforts helped head coach Bill Woods’ Brophy College Prep squad win a third consecutive Arizona state team crown this past season. Blake was coached on the club tennis scene by Ford Oliver.
“I am pumped about joining the Horned Frogs this upcoming season, and I couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds for the team and me,” Blake said. “TCU seemed like the right fit for me right when I stepped foot on campus. I loved the feel I got from both the academic and athletic sides of things. TCU blew me away, and I wouldn’t have wanted to end up anywhere else.”
Blake and Alfonzo join Daniel, one of the nation’s top prep players, to form a solid overall 2013 signing class. A five-star rated prospect from Shawnee Mission, Kan., Daniel was ranked as the No. 39 prospect in the United States last fall and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Kansas. He won the last two Kansas 6A state singles titles for Kansas City-area Blue Valley North High while finishing undefeated both years.