COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's tennis head coach Jason Hammel introduced his incoming three-man Class of 2025 on Thursday. The trio is set to join a squad that graduated no senior student-athletes in 2020-21. "All in all, this is a special group of young men with a great future on and off the court," said Hammel, who enters his fifth season guiding the program. "After what has gone on the last year - no visits, uncertainty, etc. - we are grateful that COVID had no impact on our recruiting process. We are excited to make some noise this year."
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Last School: Glenlawn Collegiate
Coach Hammel: "Stef, in my opinion, is the best-kept secret in Canadian junior tennis, and probably the most underrated talent as well. Winnipeg is a major city but is so far from the major Canadian tennis hubs that competing and raising your profile is a very challenging prospect. His Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is high by our conference standards, but when you look at how he has performed against the DI prospects coming out of Canada, you can really see what he is capable of. We were fortunate to get on his radar when we did, and it is great that he understands the value that the Saint Michael's education brings to his future."
Hometown: Bergen, The Netherlands
Last School: Murmellius Gymnasium
Coach Hammel: "Lasse is exceptionally team-oriented. He signed with us in January, and we have spoken about once a week since. During our matches this season he would always text the team messages of good luck, which is very rare to see in an incoming freshman. On-court, Lasse is a great acquisition for our team as well. The Dutch have their own version of the UTR, and as a KNLTB 2.8 he comes in as the highest-rated Dutch freshman to join the Northeast-10 Conference in over five years. Our team culture is so important to us that it's important to find players who want to reach the next level, rather than coming simply for the U.S. abroad experience. After you talk to Lasse for five minutes, his passion for the game shines through."
Hometown: Vermont, Australia
Last School: Wesley College Glen Waverley
Coach Hammel: "Any time you can get a player of Ethan's caliber on your team, it is awesome. He has a big game, moves well for a player who is 6-foot-3, has great hands, and a high tennis IQ as well. His on-court talent aside, though, what excites us about Ethan is what we feel he brings off the court. His work ethic, attitude and leadership are as good as any player I have met. Perhaps more important, for a player of his level, from so far away as Australia, to see what Saint Michael's brings to their future, helps send the message that our culture is an international destination for top-level talent."