Men's Tennis Signs Kelley, Roberts for 2013-14
"Not only do these two have what it takes on the court, they are also excellent students and great members of their local communities," said head coach Adam Herendeen. "They embody all that we look for in a Blue Hose tennis player and I cannot wait to get them on campus with us next year."
Kelley will join the Blue Hose after a prep career that saw him rise to four-star recruit status, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network, and the 105th-ranked nationally. He boasts a 44-36 record among the nation's top competition and sports the 33 ranking in the Southeast and No. 3 in North Carolina. Kelley reached the quarterfinals of the Fall Southern Closed Championships in late November, bumping off the No. 80th ranked recruit in the round of 16. The future Blue Hose also taught tennis clinics to raise money for The V Foundation.
"Ben is going to come in and be an impact player for us right away. He is a winner who sees the direction that our program is heading and has the tools to help us take the next step. He is a player with all the tools but his best tool is how he thinks through matches. Ben is both a gutsy and smart player and that combination is going to serve him well in his career here."
Roberts will arrive at PC after a standout career at Pinewood Preparatory School and as the sixth-ranked prospect in South Carolina. Roberts has played at the No. 1 or No. 2 spot for Pinewood since seventh grade, earning the Most Outstanding Player award in 2012 after collected All-Region and All-State honors in 2010 and 2011. He was also named to the All-Lowcountry Team in 2011 and 2012 while captaining the team for the last three years and receiving the Coach's Award. Roberts also starred on the baseball diamond, helping the team to a state title in 2012 while playing second base.
"Joel is a great all-court player that is going to have the opportunity to contribute right away. He is just one of those guys who loves to compete and will fight for every point. Even with his strong junior career, I believe that Joel has a lot of untapped potential and that he will develop his game here in big ways."