Men’s tennis adds international transfer

Katie Tolbert

Georgia Southern University’s men’s tennis team looked overseas to add a new member to the roster in this upcoming fall season.

Daniel Casablancas, from Sant Pere de Ribes, Spain, signed a letter of intent for the Eagles, transferring from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. His career high ATP World Ranking of 1338 and in the Spanish Men’s Open Rankings he was ranked 218th.

Head Coach Nick Zieziula is looking forward to having another player on the field with experience, as well as a player that has had success balancing a tough athletic schedule on top of studies.

“We are thrilled to be adding another player with experience and success in Futures events to our roster,” head coach Nick Zieziula said in a news release. “Daniel has demonstrated a great deal of maturity in balancing his studies during a very difficult training and tournament schedule in Spain.”

Casablancas is one of two student-athletes from Spain on the roster, along with junior Albert Codina Sala.

In its final season in the Southern Conference, the team finished with a record of 5-18 and a 4-5 clip in conference play. The team will rely on the experience of rising senior Oliver Webb and juniors Kyle Hoffman and Codina Sala to take the team into the realm of the Sun Belt Conference.

The men’s tennis team will begin tournament play in the fall before its inaugural season in the Sun Belt in the spring.