Men's Tennis - Thu, Apr. 17, 2014

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College men's head tennis coach Roscoe Moonieyan has announced that the Bulldog program has signed three student-athletes to National Letter of Intent recently, who will all join the program in time for the 2014-15 season. They are - Jacob Markley, Brandon Matthews, and Plinio Tuta.

Markley, a product of Harrison County High School in Cynthiana, Ky., has played tennis for the last seven years. Over the last few years, he has won five tournaments, while also placing first in both singles and doubles in the Kenny Huffman Classic. Markley also won the 16+ Mountain Tennis Circuit at the age of 16, as well.

"J​acob is going to be a strong addition to our team next season," said Moonieyan. "He is a very well rounded player and has been a very successful player in Kentucky as a junior. He is an excellent student and a great kid, and I cannot wait to see the college competitor."

Matthews will join the program from Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Ky. There, he has only played on the tennis team for two seasons, but jumped up to the number one seed on the squad by the beginning of his senior season.

Tuta has prepped locally at South Laurel High School in London, Ky. The brother of Union women's golfer Krista Tuta, Plinio is also a late bloomer in the sport, beginning his playing career in 2010.

"[Tuta] has learned so much over the few years he has been playing tennis," said Moonieyan. "With his attitude and desire to continue to improve, he will turn into a fine tennis player within a few years.

"He is now working with Renzo Lopez, who was one of the best tennis coaches to coach at Union, so he is in very good hands. I am excited to see the tennis he will be playing after some good coaching and when he gets here in the Fall."

Union is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).