CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s tennis team announced the addition of three newcomers as Lukas Lückemeier (Greven, Germany), Alexander Lykou (Aarhus, Denmark) and Brandon Mills (Lilburn, Ga.) will join the Blue Hose for the 2015 season, head coach Adam Herendeen announced on Wednesday.
"The additions of Alexander, Brandon and Lukas make this quite possibly the best recruiting class we have ever had,” said Herendeen. “If they put the necessary work in, all four incoming freshman will have a chance to do great things here. More importantly, I am excited about how all four of these guys are going to fit into our team culture."
Lückemeier comes to PC after playing in his home country of Germany. The future Blue Hose rose to No. 349 in the national men’s open rankings. Lückemeier chose PC for its high level of tennis and academics.
“Lukas is a very balanced player and I especially like his ability to finish points at the net,” Herendeen said. “I expect him to settle in and have an impact right away.”
Lykou leaves Denmark after a winning career after capturing the Danish Junior Championship as an 18-year-old. Lykou played in the Danish Tennis Federation and the Aarhus 1900 squad in the country’s Elite Division.
“It is not every day that you are able to bring in a national champion,” Herendeen said. “Alexander brings the kind of big game and winning mentality that our program has been built on.”
Mills will join the Blue Hose after a championship career at Brookwood (Ga.) High School. Mills, the brother of reigning Big South Conference Player of the Year and 2014 PC graduate Grayson Mills, helped Brookwood capture the 2014 and 2011 Georgia High School Association state titles by going undefeated in region and state play (combined 51-0) for both years. Mills holds the No. 155 national ranking and captured third place at the Montgomery Icy Hot Level 2 Championships. He was also named Player of the Week on May 12 and was nominated for a Player of the Year.
“Brandon may be the most underrated four-star recruit in the country,” said Herendeen. “He has a great all-around game and is only going to continue to improve as we develop his weapons.”
The three join Will Baird as the program’s incoming freshman for 2014-15.