Nov. 15, 2010
Contact: Greg Murphy
CLEVELAND, OHio - Nolan Marks and Ben Shklyar, two standout tennis players from the Midwest, have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Cleveland State and play tennis, beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.
Head coach Brian Etzkin made the announcement on Monday (Nov. 15).
"We are very excited to have Ben and Nolan join the men's tennis program at Cleveland State," Etzkin said. "They will both fit in nicely with our current student athletes and we are very happy that they decided to join the program.
"It is extremely exciting to get two strong players from the Midwest, including one of the top players from our Northeast Ohio section. We are looking forward to both Nolan and Ben contributing immediately and helping to continue our winning tradition here at CSU."
Marks, a native of Chagrin Falls, was named Chagrin Valley Conference Most Valuable Player last year and qualified for the Ohio State High School Tennis Tournament for the third straight year. Marks has posted a 62-8 career mark at Kenston H.S., playing for head coach Dale Israelson.
In USTA tournament play, he has had some notable finishes in both singles and doubles, winning the Ann Arbor Junior Open in singles and reaching the quarters in doubles at the Super National Hard Courts in Kalamazoo, both in 2009. In 2008, he won the USTA Northeast Ohio Sportsmanship Award.
Marks is rated a four-star recruit by Tennisrecruiting.net.
Shklyar, a native of Riverwoods, Ill., has compiled an impressive record during his career at Deerfield High. Shyklyar, who has combined to post an 84-21 mark in singles and doubles during his career, has won two singles and one doubles conference title. He also won the sectional championship as a freshman.
Shklyar has qualified for the Illinois state tournament in each of his first three seasons, advancing to the "Top 12" as a sophomore. He trains with Alex Kasarov and has won three USTA tournaments within the last year. Shklyar is also rated a four-star recruit by Tennisrecruiting.net.
Marks and Shklyar are the latest addition to the Vikings, who had the 22nd-ranked recruiting class among mid-major schools last year as ranked by Tennisrecruiting.net.
Cleveland State's 2011 squad features five seniors, one junior, one sophomore and two freshmen. The Vikings have won the Horizon League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for three straight years.