HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth men's tennis team and head coachannounced the incoming class of 2016 on Friday. The Big Green had one of their most successful seasons in the history of the program in 2011-12. The team ended the year with a record-setting 18 wins with just four losses and finished the season ranked 49th in the country. The ranking was the best year-end ranking in program history.
The class of 2016 includes four recruits coming from Lithuania, California, Minnesota and Indiana.
Justin Chan - Sunnyvale, Calif.
Chan is a five-star recruit that has been ranked as high as #58 in his class by tennisrecruiting.net. In the 16-and-under age group, Chan was ranked as high as #1 in Northern California and #31 in the country. A four-year member of the Menlo School varsity tennis team that gathered four conference titles, four Northern Cal titles and two national titles. Chan won the 2010 National Open singles title in Carmel, Calif. and reached the semi-finals of the 2010 Easter Bowl doubles.
Erik Nordahl - Eden Prairie, Minn.
Insight School of Minnesota / Edina High School
Nordahl is a five-star recruit that has been ranked as high as #35 in his class by tennisrecruiting.net. In both the 16 and 18-and-under age groups Nordahl has earned a #1 ranking in the Northern section as well as a career-high national ranking of #25. Nordahl recently reached the semi-finals of the USTA Winter National Championships in doubles. In 2010, he won eight straight singles matches to reach the finals of the consolation draw at the Winter National Championships.
Dovydas Sakinis - Siauliai, Lithuania
Siauliai Didzdvaris Gymnasium
Sakinis has represented Lithuania in Davis Cup competition six times in singles and four times in doubles. He has a career best ATP world ranking of 808 in the world in singles. As a junior player, he reached a high ITF world ranking of 73. Sakinis was the top player in Lithuania throughout his junior career. In the US F20 Futures in August 2010, Sakinis beat Tennessee All-American Tennys Sandgren 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. In August 2011, Sakinis beat Orange Bowl quarter finalist Martin Podzus 7-6, 7-5 at the Latvia F1 futures.
Brendan Tannenbaum - Indianapolis, Ind.
Despite playing basketball for six months out of the year, Tannenbaum is rated as a four-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net. A two-sport athlete in high school, his teams reached six state finals, winning two state championships in basketball and one in tennis. Individually, Tannenbaum reached the state finals of the 2011 individual tennis state tournament in Indiana, beating five-star recruit Mihir Kumar in the semi-finals before losing to the #1 recruit in the country, Ronnie Schneider in three sets in the final.