Men's Tennis Announces Three New Arrivals
Aug 21, 2013
CHICAGO – DePaul head men’s tennis coach Matt Brothers announced the arrival of three newcomers for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday. Tim Corwin, Joshua Schramm and a transfer from Alabama, David Vieyra, make up the incoming class for the Blue Demons.
Hoping to increase the overall depth and competition for spots in the lineup as well as add some immediate impact talent, Brothers believes he has accomplished all three goals with the trio of recruits.
“We’ve got three very talented guys coming in and we’re only losing one,” said Brothers, who enters his seventh season at the helm of the program this year. “So it’s going to make us deeper and it’s exciting because they’re hungry and they’re a great group of guys. It’s not difficult to get them motivated and out there working on their games because of their passion for tennis.”
Vieyra, a two-year player for Alabama, comes to Lincoln Park as a decorated doubles player with tons of experience from the ultra-competitive SEC tennis landscape. As a sophomore, along with partner Jarryd Botha, he ranked as high as seventh in the ITA doubles rankings on May 2, 2013. The pair finished the year ranked No. 13 nationally, while defeating Clemson's Dominique Maden and Yannick Maden (2-6, 6-4, 6-4) in the NCAA Tournament. The win sent Vieyra and his partner into the Round of 16 and earned him All-American honors in doubles play.
“He was an accomplished junior player and I had watched him several years ago,” said Brothers. “He’s a big guy, very athletic and has a great game. I’m looking for him to come in and bring some experience to the program. I hope he can share with some these guys the pressure situations he’s been in with his team. I think we’re going to try him with Filip this fall in some doubles and see how those guys mesh. He knows he’s looking at coming in here and playing 1-2-3 in singles and being productive there and it’s going to be great for our doubles play too.”
Schramm joins the team from Brunsbüttel, Germany, where he was a 2013 high school state champion at Gymnasium Brunsbüttel. A talented player who has made his mark in the German amateur circuit, Schramm ranked No. 221 in the recent German Open. He will join the Blue Demons for the spring season.
“Schramm comes to us from Germany and is a super hungry guy who loves tennis,” said Brothers. “He’s taking the fall off so he can just train and has played in a ton of tournaments this summer. Recently, he beat a guy who was top-100 in Germany, which is really good. His ranking is very solid and he is a guy who can come in and be competitive at the 2-3-4 spots in the lineup.”
Also joining the mix is Corwin, an Elm Grove, Wis. native, who earned First Team All-State honors in 2011 and 2013. He finished his senior season 22-4 overall at the top two spots in the lineup and advanced to the state quarterfinals. A team captain, he led Brookfield East to a fourth-place finish at the Wisconsin State Championships in 2011 and a third-place standing in both 2012 and 2013.
“Corwin is our guy from Milwaukee and he is a guy who has a lot of upside,” said Brothers. “He’s a good athlete and it may take him some time to develop, but we’ll see – a lot of times some kids can make a big jump in the fall. It all depends on him and how quickly he makes adjustments and improves. He’s a great guy, he’ll be a good team guy and we’re looking forward to getting him in here in the fall.”
The Blue Demons return all but one student-athlete to see match time from last season, including senior and unanimous All-BIG EAST selection Filip Dzanko. The full 2013-14 schedule for DePaul tennis will be announced in the coming weeks.