June 12, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
First-year head men's tennis coach Pawel Gajdzik, who has signed five players to National Letters of Intent in less than six months, was recognized for his efforts Friday, as Northern Illinois' 2009 recruiting class was tabbed the No. 1 mid-major class in the country, according to TennisRecruiting.net.
Representatives from the website rated the top-25 non-BCS schools in the country, and NIU was the only team from the Mid-American Conference to garner recognition. As stated on the website, Gajdzik's initial recruiting class would have appeared in the top-25 overall when it was previously rated, but the final piece of his class, Russian newcomer Mikhail Titov, had not signed yet.
"Receiving this recognition is just further indication of the positive direction that our program is heading in," said Gajdzik. "We have laid the foundation of a solid recruiting base, and some of the current players on our roster have been key in helping us bring even more talent on board."
"Recruiting will continue to be the lifeblood of our program and with the right mixture of national and international flavor; our team will be able to accomplish great things for NIU. At the time of my arrival in DeKalb last summer, most of the players from the U.S. had already committed to their college of choice for the 2009-2010 season. It is my hope that this recognition will allow us to draw interest from players in the Midwest, especially in the Chicago and Illinois area for upcoming seasons."
"We hope this group will be the first one to turn around the NIU tennis program, and lead us to a championship."
The five players comprising Gajdzik's top-rated class include Croatian Jurica Grubisic, Bosnia-Herzegovina native Adnan Sose, Titov, and Polish-born Pawel Poziomski and Szymon Tatarczyk. Grubisic was a first-team All-MAC honoree in his first season in the program, and Poziomski was tabbed the league's Newcomer of the Year.
Tatarczyk and Titov will see their eligibility begin in the 2009-10 season. Tatarczyk has been ranked as high as No. 63 by the International Tennis Federation, and Titov has climbed as high as No. 205.