July 24, 2012
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Grand Valley State's men's tennis coach John Black announced the signing of four student-athletes for the Fall 2012. Michael Kaye (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Andrew Bole (Dayton, Ohio), Quinn Sylow (Sydney, Australia) and Francis Bertrand (Repentigny, Quebec) will join the Laker squad.
“These four young men are strong, exciting tennis players and also great students,” said coach Black. “I’m thrilled that they have decided to become Lakers.”
Bertrand, a transfer from NCAA DI Stony Brook University, will join the Lakers for his sophomore season. As a freshman at Stony Brook, Bertrand went 12-13 at No. 1 & No. 2 singles and 11-9 in the first doubles spot. His top wins were over Army and Lehigh, both at No. 1 singles. Bertrand was selected All-America East Conference first team. Francis had been ranked in the top 10 nationally in Canada’s 18 and under rankings.
A graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School, Bole was a four-year starter and most recently finished his senior year with a record of 26-3. He was selected first team All-GCL and was also honored as the GCL Player of the Year. Andrew is currently ranked No. 454 nationally and is the ninth rated senior in Ohio. He is listed as a two-star recruit on tennisrecruiting.net.
Kaye, a recent graduate of Cranbrook-Kingswood High School was a three-year starter on the tennis team. He compiled a career record of 64-11 and was selected first team All-State his senior year. He was a state champion his junior season and was named team captain as a senior. In tournament play, Kaye’s ranking has improved more than 500 places in the past two years. He is currently a two-star recruit ranked as the No. 13 senior in Michigan and No. 471 nationally according to tennisrecruiting.net.
A transfer from University of Sydney, Sylow has extensive tournament and junior experience. In high school he played No. 1 singles on his team and was selected Second Team Great Public Schools (GPS). Sylow was captain of his high school team and led the team to two straight conference championships. He has been ranked in his state and nationally. Sylow has been ranked in the top 900 tennis players of all ages in Australia and top 600 of all players under 21 years of age.
GVSU returns four other members to the 2011-12 squad including junior-to-be Andrew Darrell who was named a All-GLIAC first team selection and led the team to a third place in the GLIAC Tournament.