Men’s tennis adds graduate student transfer ahead of final season

Men’s tennis added a graduate transfer to its 2020-21 roster, according to a press release Monday.

Nate Reekie will join the Colonials after four seasons at Omaha, where he made his mark tying the career record in singles wins. Reekie will play during the squad’s last year as a varsity program before GW eliminates men’s tennis and six other teams next year.

“I am thrilled to welcome Nate to GW this year,” head coach Rob Castille said in the release. “Being a grad transfer and having played for four years already, he will bring a lot of experience and depth to the team.”

Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Reekie was rated No. 20 in the state by the Tennis Recruiting Network heading into college. In his freshman year at Omaha, Reekie made the All-Summit League team and won 14 singles matches, the second most in Omaha program history for a single season.

In his final season with Omaha last year, Reekie notched his 33rd career singles win, which tied the program record. He and another player earned the first doubles ranking in Omaha program history, placing No. 78, while playing at the No. 1 spot. Castille said ranked doubles experience will be a significant asset to the Colonials this upcoming season.

“He was nationally ranked in doubles last year, so being able to add someone of his caliber is exciting,” Castille said in the release. “I know Nate will fit in with our team culture and will be a great representative of GW men’s tennis.”

On the academic side at Omaha, where he studied business administration, Reekie was also named an ITA Scholar-Athlete twice and was recognized on the Summit League’s Academic Honor Roll three times.

Reekie will join a now seven-man roster comprised of four returning juniors and freshmen Gabe Hurtado and Garrett Skelly. Juniors Zicheng Zeng and Lawrence Sciglitano, who competed for the team last season, are no longer listed on the roster.

Dennis Afanasev and Jakub Behun, who graduated in 2020, did not utilize their extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA at GW, according to the team’s roster.

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