OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton men's tennis head coach Tom Lilly announced Thursday the addition of two student-athletes that will play tennis for the Bluejays beginning in the fall of 2014.
Alex Koca, a senior from Rockhurst (Mo.) High School signed a National Letter of Intent this week. He is a 2013 First Team Missouri All-State selection and Kansas City All-Metro team member. He helped lead his team to a state championship in Class 2 as a junior.
According to the national recruiting site TennisRecruiting.net (TRN), Koca is the No. 2 men's prospect in his home state and ranks seventh overall in the Plains region consisting of several states. He is listed as a three-star recruit out of a possible five stars on the site and reached No. 5 in the USTA Missouri Valley rankings after compiling a 35-9 record last year.
Koca claimed a pair of USTA Futures Tournament titles in 2013, taking home hardware from both Des Moines and Oklahoma City. He also won a pair of USTA Missouri Valley consolation championships last year and qualified for the US Clay Court Championships that was later rained out.
He is the son of Todd and Julie Koca. His mother is a Creighton graduate and his father played basketball at Nebraska.
Joey Anderson of Grand Forks, N.D. is also set to join the men’s squad next fall. He recently he reached a three-star level on TRN for his efforts on the courts.
The right-hander has played is a two-time North Dakota state doubles champion and has also claimed a state singles title. Anderson has helped Red River High School to six straight regional and state championships. As a result, he is a six-time North Dakota All-State selection. He also claimed the 2013 Senior Athlete of the Year Award last season.
He is the son of Scott and Paula Anderson. He is the younger brother of current women’s tennis player Sam Anderson.
Creighton travels to Marquette for a pair of BIG EAST matches this weekend in Milwaukee beginning with a 6 p.m. CT match against the host Golden Eagles on Friday. The Jays then face Butler on Saturday at noon in a neutral-site match.
Both tennis squads will travel to the grounds of the U.S. Open Apr. 24-27 to participate in the BIG EAST Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.