Aug. 18, 2014
CONWAY - Chris Powers, head coach of the Coastal Carolina men's tennis team, recently announced this year's recruiting class consisting of senior transfer Kaue Pereira (UNC Wilmington), junior transfer Pedro Leme (Pepperdine) and sophomore transfer Vuk Velickovic (Virginia Commonwealth University).
"I am really excited about this year's recruiting class," said Powers. "It could very well shape up to be the best in my time here. All of these guys have experience at a high level of college tennis so I can't wait to see them in the Coastal Carolina uniform. Our teams over the previous few years have really set an important standard, and I truly believe that this team can meet those challenges and hopefully break new ground as we move forward in the program."
The three newcomers are set to join returning student-athletes Jabor Al-Mutawa, Stefan Jakubov, Renan Samed, Rick Timmerman, Philippe Tsangarides, Hunter Whalen and Garik Yedigarian, who were part of the historic 2014 Chanticleer team that achieved Coastal's first-ever Intercollegiate Tennis Association national ranking.
Periera (Santos, Brazil) played his freshman and sophomore seasons at nationally ranked UNC Wilmington. As a sophomore, he helped the Seahawks to a CAA title, postseason berth and #43 final ITA ranking. His 11-3 record at No. 2 doubles resulted in an end-of-year ITA doubles ranking of #86. In singles, Periera finished 13-5 playing on the third, fourth and fifth courts.
Coach Powers on Periera: "I have seen him play several times, and I know he will have an immediate impact in singles and doubles. He has a great personality, and I think he will fit in extremely well with the guys on the team. We are fortunate to have him as a part of the tennis program."
Leme (São Paulo, Brazil) played his sophomore season at Pepperdine, going 9-14 in singles on courts four, five and six, and recording notable wins over opponents from San Diego and Tulsa. In January, Leme won three straight matches to advance to the semifinals of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic. On the doubles court, Leme went 12-12 and recorded wins over such ranked opponents as #41 San Diego, #30 Tulsa, #71 Nevada and #57 Santa Clara.
Coach Powers on Leme: "Pedro has enjoyed an excellent tennis career. He was ranked in the top #300 in the ITF coming into Pepperdine and he certainly had some impressive wins in his only year of competition. I really got to know Pedro over the past couple of months, and I believe CCU was the right choice for him."
Velickovic (Perth, Australia) played his freshman season as a member of a VCU team that finished the 2014 season #51 in the ITA national rankings. Playing primarily at No. 5 and No. 6 singles last season, Velickovic recorded notable dual match wins against #30 Wake Forest, #26 NC State and #41 Texas Tech.
Coach Powers on Velickovic: "I am excited to see this guy play in person. I believe his style of play will be great for Coastal. He hits double-handed on both sides, and I think playing outside all year will certainly benefit him. I am hoping for big things from Vuk at CCU."