Cavalier Men's Tennis Signs Three Recruits
Nov. 25, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia men’s tennis head coach Brian Boland announced that three players have signed letters of intent to join the Cavaliers next fall. Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.), Eric Riley (San Diego, Calif.), and Andrew Downing (Virginia Beach, Va.) will be the first-year class for the 2004-05 season.
“We are very excited about this group as we believe they will make an immediate impact in our program,” stated Boland. “We are looking forward to working with these players as we strongly believe they have a tremendous upside and great work ethics. All three of them are great choices for the University of Virginia.”
Huey is one of the top junior players from the state in recent history. He has been ranked as high as No. 18 nationally in 16s and No. 24 nationally in 18s. He has won a USTA National Open title and has reached the quarterfinals of the International Grass Courts and International Hard Courts. A talented doubles player, he has won doubles titles at the Super National Clay Courts, International Hard Courts, and the USTA National Open.
Boland on Huey: “We are thrilled that Treat has chosen the University of Virginia. Treat is a tremendous athlete who will have an immediate impact in our program. He is a powerful lefty, has great hands and an explosive game, while also being a very team oriented person. I believe Treat has an enormous upside and we are really excited to have the opportunity to work with him. He is a great fit for the University of Virginia as he has excelled in the classroom as well. Since coming to Virginia, it has been one of my priorities to get the best players from the Commonwealth. Treat is no doubt one of the best in many years.”
Huey on choosing Virginia: “I chose UVa because of the great foundation that the team has with the current group of players and coaches. Having coaches like Brian and (assistant coach) Tony (Bresky) that are great instructors on the court and great people off it was a big reason as well. With what I believe to be the most promising team in the country with a bright future, the decision was pretty easy. With an amazing group of players that have such great chemistry, I could not have chosen a better place.”
Riley continues the recruiting pipeline from California to Charlottesville, where he will join three current natives of the Golden State. One of the top junior players in the nation, Riley was ranked No. 1 nationally in 14s and No. 7 nationally in 16s. A talented doubles player, Riley has won the doubles title at the Junior Orange Bowl while earning a No. 2 national ranking in doubles in 16s. In 18s, he has reached the doubles finals at the Hardcourt Championships in Kalamazoo.
Boland on Riley: “Eric is an outstanding student athlete and will have an immediate impact in our program. I was very impressed with Eric as I got to know him through the recruiting process. He is a great fighter, athletic, quick and extremely eager to improve. This young man will be a future leader and has the work ethic and desire to have a huge impact at Virginia. We could not be more excited about working with him. He joins Doug Stewart and Rylan Rizza who are currently on the team from Southern California. He is another great fit for the University of Virginia”.
Riley on choosing Virginia: “In my opinion, Virginia had the most to offer in every aspect. It had a great tennis program with a lot of potential led by coaches who are totally dedicated to success. That combined with an excellent education, a beautiful setting, and an awesome social atmosphere are all reasons why Virginia was my No. 1 choice. I couldn’t find any reason not to choose UVa.”
Downing comes to Virginia where he will join his older brother, Mike, a second-year on the current team. Downing was ranked in the top 100 nationally and No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic region in 16s. Last spring, he went undefeated at Norfolk Academy to capture the Virginia Prep League singles title.
Boland on Downing: “Andrew continues the Downing tradition of choosing the University of Virginia, as he joins his brother Mike who is currently a second year on the team. His mother, Cheri, and his father, Andy, are former Cavaliers as well. He is very ambitious and eager to improve. We are excited to work with him to develop into a quality collegiate player. He joins Treat as another outstanding recruit from the Commonwealth.”
Downing on choosing Virginia: “I chose Virginia because I like players and coaches on the team and feel I will fit in well with them. The school provides excellent academics with a great college atmosphere.”