Men's Tennis Inks Two-Time Colorado Class 4A State Champion

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OMAHA, Neb. (Nov. 23) - Creighton men's tennis head coach Tom Lilly announced Harrison Lang, a senior from Niwot, Colo., signed a National Letter of Intent this week to play tennis for the Bluejays beginning in the fall of 2013.

Lang is a two-time Colorado Class 4A individual state singles champion after claiming his second career title last month as a senior. He won his first state title as a sophomore in 2010. He finished both of those seasons undefeated with a combined 31-0 record. In his junior campaign of 2011, he finished as the state runner-up after a loss in the final.

He led Niwot High School to a runner-up team finish in Colorado Class 4A in each of the past three seasons.

According to the national recruiting site TennisRecruiting.net, Lang is the No. 2 men's prospect in the state of Colorado and ranks second overall in the Mountain region consisting of several states.  He is listed as a four-star recruit out of a possible five stars on the site. 

"I am really excited that Harrison chose Creighton over several other universities," Lilly said.  "To sign Colorado's state champion is something special for our program. He is a very bright young man with a great future ahead of him. I believe that he will start for us right away and has the potential to play high in our lineup as a freshman. Signing Harrison also gives us another talented lefty in the lineup. He will help us out in singles and doubles right away."

Lang is a two-time Colorado Class 4A state Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2012. He earned the Jack Cella Award given to the Best Colorado High School Player this year. Along the way Lang claimed three team MVP honors from Niwot.

An avid tennis player since the age of eight, Lang eventually reached the No. 1 spot in the boys 16-and-under division of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Intermountain Section under the guidance of Rich Berman, Chad Tsuda, and Miikka Keronen.

Lang is also successful off the court in the classroom. He is in line to be the valedictorian of his class with a 4.0 GPA. He earned recognition on the principal's honor roll in all four years of high school. As a member of the National Honor Society, Lang completed over 50 hours of community service - volunteering at a local tennis club and at the humane society.

Lang will pursue a degree in biology and take pre-med curriculum at Creighton. He is the son of Brent Lang and Milena Halek. Harrison has two siblings in brother Spencer and sister Georgia. His mother Milena is a former student-athlete at Colorado College in skiing.

Lang is the first men's player from the 2013 high school senior class to sign a National Letter of Intent to play tennis for Creighton.

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