CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State men's tennis head coach Brian Etzkin has announced the addition of two players to the 2014-15 team, as Kevin Goth and Colton Buffington have been admitted as students to Cleveland State University. Goth will enter the upcoming season with four years of eligibility remaining, while Buffington will have three years of eligibility left.
Goth comes to CSU from North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania, where he was a doubles state champion as a senior and a sectional champion as a junior. He also excelled in singles, winning sectional titles as a sophomore and junior.
Throughout his junior career, Goth was ranked as high as eighth in the state of Pennsylvania, 12th in the 'Middle States', and 207th on TennisRecruiting.net. He also became the first person in over 80 years to win both the doubles and singles flights at the esteemed Frick Park Men's Open Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pa.
"I am very excited to have Kevin join our squad," Etzkin said. "He will be part of our core group moving forward, and I think that Kevin has his best tennis and academics in front of him. I can't wait to see him reach his potential as a Cleveland State Viking."
Buffington comes to Cleveland State after spending two years at the University of Louisville where he played one season for the Cardinals and redshirted his second season. Buffington played his high school tennis at Westlake High School, where he was a four-time state tournament qualifier and 2012 singles state champion.
A three-time All-State and All-Sectional honoree, Buffington was ranked as high as 52nd in the nation, 23rd in the Midwest and first in Northeast Ohio by TennisRecruiting.net throughout his junior career. As a senior, he posted a perfect 30-0 singles record, and was named the 2012 Cleveland Plain Dealer's Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
"I'm excited that Colton is coming home to Cleveland State to get a fresh start," Etzkin said. "He is hungry for competition and I know he will be an impact player right away for us - helping this team reach its goals. I can't wait for him to play in front of his home crowd for the first time in his collegiate career."
Goth and Buffington will join Mirko Radosevic – who signed with the Vikings back in November – to round out the 2014-15 newcomers. This trio will be joining six veterans who helped guide Cleveland State to its seventh straight Horizon League Championship appearance last season.