SIOUX FALLS, SD (KWSN) – Augustana men’s tennis coach Marc Kurtz announced the signing of four student athletes set to join the squad this fall. Zach Adkins of Maple Grove, Minn., Mark DeSpiegler of Watertown, S.D., Trae Olson of Rapid City, S.D., and Reed Ritterbusch of Sheridan, Wyo. Comprise the 2014 men’s tennis recruiting class.
“This is a very strong recruiting class for us and I’m anxious to see these guys compete,” Kurtz said. “I feel like this coming year could be one of the strongest teams that I have ever had at Augustana. These guys are not only good players but also excellent students and they’ve chosen an excellent institution to continue their academics and athletics.”
Adkins comes to Augustana after a successful career at Maple Grove High School in Minnesota. Adkins made it to the Minnesota Class AA State Tournament his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, helping MGHS to a third-place finish in 2013. Adkins has posted a 65-17 record in his high school career. The Maple Grove, Minn. native was named team MVP for his high school team all four years of his career. Adkins comes to Augustana as a top-tier recruit from the Northern section and was rated as a three-star recruit and ranked No. 13 for the Plains Region and No. 322 nationally.
“We are extremely excited to get Zach to join our program at Augustana,” Kurtz said. “Zach was recruited heavily by many regional teams and we are thrilled that he chose to continue his academic and athletic career at Augustana. He has a lot of experience playing in many USTA tournaments and I look forward to him making an immediate impact for our team”
DeSpiegeler joins the Viking tennis team with an impressive resume built at Watertown High School over the past four seasons. A 2014 graduate of WHS, DeSpiegler captained the Arrows his senior season after helping them to the South Dakota Class AA state championship as a junior. DeSpiegler posted a 20-5 record in both singles and doubles as a junior, then led WHS to an eighth-place finish in state while earning Academic All-State as a senior. In his career, DeSpiegler put together a 77-26 record as a singles player.
“I’m really excited that Mark decided to attend Augustana,” Kurtz said. “Mark is an excellent multi-sport athlete and I’m looking forward to seeing his progressions when he is able to really focus on one sport at the next level”
Olson readied himself for a career at Augustana with tremendous junior and senior seasons at Stevens High School in Rapid City, S.D. Winning a singles and doubles state championship as a junior, Olson cruised to a 25-1 singles record and undefeated 26-0 doubles record in 2013. As a senior, Olson bumped up his competition level while captaining the Raiders and posted a 19-5 singles mark and 20-6 doubles record while leading SHS to their second straight top-five finish at the state tournament.
“Trae comes to Augustana from a storied high school tennis program in Rapid City Stevens,” Kurtz said. “Trae had an excellent High School career, he has a solid all court game and I know he’s eager to compete and excel at the college level.”
Ritterbusch brings in a wealth of experience to the Vikings after playing the top singles spot for Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Wyo. for four years. Ritterbusch won the Wyoming 2012 4A State Tournament to earn All-State honors and helped the Broncs to a third-place team finish. This past season, Ritterbusch battled back to the state championship match, but fell just short of equaling his junior-year efforts. Ritterbusch finished his prep career with three top-eight singles finishes and a pair of All-State and All-Conference accolades while helping SHS to consecutive third-place finishes at the state tournament.
“Reed is another excellent multi-sport athlete,” Kurtz said, “and I’m really looking forward to watching his game flourish once he is able to focus exclusively on tennis. Reed’s athletic ability is a definite bonus and I’m excited to see him compete for the Vikings”
Augustana will return all six singles and doubles players from the 2014 season and will be joined by these four signees.
Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Courtesy: Augustana College