Bearcats sign 7 players

News-DemocratJuly 1, 2013 

— Men's tennis coach Adam Reeb has announced his initial class of signee's for his first recruiting class at McKendree University.

Justin Leskera, of Edwardsville High School; Neil Berkel and Cameron Randall; of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey; Dylan Faulkenberg, of Triad High School; Brandon Nabors, of Mount Vernon High School; Blake Kebblewhite, of Palm Beach Currumbin State High School in Queensland, Australia; and Marcel Heras; of Taller Ginebro School in Cardedeu, Spain; will all join the Bearcats for Reeb's first season at the helm in 2013-14.

"We have a great group of young men coming to McKendree this year," said Reeb. "It's never easy to replace losing four of your top six players from the previous season, but we're confident that this group will jump right in and contribute significantly. We have a good mix of transfer students like Justin, Neil, and Cameron along with brand new freshman in Dylan, Brandon, Blake, and Marcel. All have experienced a good deal of success before coming to McKendree, and we look for them to continue that here."

The McKendree men's tennis team finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 9-7 and a 2-4 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Here's a look at the tennis signees:

Justin Leskera

University of Missouri/Edwardsville High School

Attended University of Missouri as a freshman...finished prep career as the all-time wins leader at Edwardsville High School...was a four-time All-State honoree and All-Conference selection for the Tigers...was a four-time sectional doubles champion and three-time conference doubles champion...helped lead Edwardsville to four conference and sectional championships.

Neil Berkel

Lewis and Clark Community College/Triad High School

Was a two-time national qualifier at Lewis and Clark Community College...was a two-time state qualifier at Triad High School...posted a 25-4 record in singles play and 25-5 record in doubles as a senior for the Knights...three-time All-Conference selection and helped lead Triad to three conference championships.

Cameron Randall

Lewis and Clark Community College/Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville, Ill.

Helped lead Lewis and Clark Community College to a program-best 12th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament...finished prep career ranked second at Edwardsville High School in career wins...four-time All-Conference honoree for the Tigers...was named Conference Player of the Year as a senior...three-time Sectional champion...All-State selection as a senior...was a three-time All-Area honoree by the Alton Telegraph.

Dylan Faulkenberg

Triad High School

Holds school records at Triad High School for career singles wins, career overall wins, state tournament wins and single season wins...was a four-time All-Conference selection for the Knights...helped lead Triad to four conference championships and two sectional runner-up finishes.

Brandon Nabors

Mount Vernon High School

Posted and overall record 27-15 as a junior and senior at Mount Vernon Township High School...helped lead the Rams to three sectional runner-up finishes.

Blake Kebblewhite

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Elanora, Queensland, Australia

Claimed titles in both the 18U singles and Men's Open Consolation brackets of the Gladstone Open...also claimed championships at the Bundaberg Junior singles tournament, Queensland Head State singles and doubles tournaments, the Bruce Lynton BMW Rosebowl singles tournament...helped lead his team to four district championships and a secondary school state championship as a senior.

Marcel Heras

Taller Ginebro School, Cardedeu, Barcelona, Spain

Claimed multiple tournament Catalonia Federation championships

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