Men's Tennis Inks Four in Spring Signing Period

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Head Coach Tom Lilly earned his 300th win at Creighton this season
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OMAHA, Neb. - Head men's tennis coach Tom Lilly has announced the signing of four players during the spring signing period, rounding out his next incoming class at six.  August Nysted, Brandon Lee, Nick Thompson and Anthony Rauschenbach join Quinn Dippel and Sam Wells as new faces on the courts next fall.

"I am excited to have these four players commit to Creighton over many other fine schools," said Lilly on Tuesday.  "They are all strong students and good people first and foremost.  We will graduate four good players this year, three of which have been consistent starters for us.  It is nice to have this solid group coming in and joining Quinn Dippel and Sam Wells."

Nysted comes to Creighton from Asker, Norway, where he has been ranked as high as the No. 3 player in the country in his age division.  His city team ranks among the top eight teams in Norway, competing in the First Division, and finished third last season.  He is consistently playing at one of the top four spots for his team.  Nysted attends Asker Vgs High School.

Lee is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, and is listed as the top prospect out of the state of Hawaii this year.  He is listed as a three-star recruit and nationally ranked No. 294 on tennisrecruiting.net. Lee attends Punahou High School, where he is coached by former Bluejay great (and roommate of Lilly) Rusty Komori.  Komori, a 1991 Creighton grad, is No. 2 on the all-time Creighton career wins list and sits atop the lists in singles wins with 81 in his Bluejay career.

Thompson hails from Dallas, Texas and finished last season as a two-star recruit.  The Jesuit Prep High School senior has been consistently ranked in the top-35 in Texas and holds an 81-15 record in his four-year prep career.  He has already posted wins over some three and four-star recruits this high school season.

Rauschenbach is from Sioux Falls, S.D., and will be a graduate of O'Gorman High School.  He has won four South Dakota state singles titles and three state doubles titles as a member of the Knights varsity tennis team.  He is listed by TRN as a two-star recruit and the second best recruit in the state of South Dakota this season.  He is the cousin of former Bluejay Michael Elson, who graduated in 2009.

Creighton will lose J.T. Christian, Gabe Nagy, Joe Nora and Kyle Obermeier to graduation at the conclusion of this season, but Lilly is excited about the future.

"We will have a young team and will rely heavily on our four returning players to guide the team in a positive direction. I am excited about the potential of this group and the future of Bluejay tennis."

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