Billiken Tennis Adds Three Players

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          Release: 05/16/2013
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ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University head tennis coach Jon Zych has announced the addition of three student-athletes to the Billiken program for the 2013-14 season. All three players will have four years of eligibility.

Aspen Cervin (Houston, Texas/Laurel Springs H.S.) and Taylor Monken (Belleville, Ill./Althoff Catholic) will join the SLU women’s team, while Adam Casanova (St. Louis, Mo./Bishop DuBourg H.S.) will be added to the men’s squad.

Cervin has won four girls’ 18 doubles titles since 2010, including the 2011 USTA Midland Regional crown. In singles, she placed third at the 2011 USTA Texas National Open and was a girls’ 18 finalist at the Arlington and San Antonio Super Champ Major Zone tournaments in 2010.

Cervin is ranked No. 93 among seniors by tennisrecruiting.net. She was No. 72 among juniors in the 2012 year-end rankings and reached No. 48 during her freshman and sophomore years. Cervin has a 17-2 record vs. 4-star players and has registered four victories vs. 5-star players. In the classroom, she was named to the National Society of High School Scholars in 2011.

“Aspen is an all-court, well-polished competitor who is accomplished in singles and doubles,” Zych said. “She has played against top-flight competition for many years and has turned in numerous impressive results. We expect Aspen to make an immediate impact.”

Monken played No. 1 singles for Althoff Catholic as a freshman and sophomore and captured an Illinois high school sectional crown. She has competed in USTA events the past two years and is ranked 48th among Illinois seniors by tennisrecruiting.net. Last year, Monken posted a win over Missouri’s No. 4-ranked junior, Camden Newton.

“We are excited to welcome Taylor to the Billiken program,” Zych said. “She is an outstanding athlete and plays the game with heart. She brings passion and focus to the court. Taylor will push the lineup, and I am confident she will grow at SLU.”

Casanova played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles all four years at Bishop DuBourg. He is ranked among the top 20 in the USTA Missouri Valley section boys’ 18’s, and he achieved tennisrecruiting.net’s No. 3 Missouri senior class ranking.

“It is always an honor to coach the best local tennis products, and Adam is one of the top high school players in the St. Louis area,” Zych said. “He has a reputation for being an excellent competitor who exhibits great sportsmanship. Adam has been well-coached by Kenny Powell, and I’m confident he will improve because he comes to our program with a well-rounded game.”
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