INDIANAPOLIS - Head coach Jason Suscha has signed four men's tennis standouts to National Letters of Intent. Tommy Marx, Sam O'Neill, Billy Weldon and Austin Woldmoe will join the Bulldogs in the fall of 2011.
"We are very excited about this recruiting class as it gives us a real solid foundation for the future," Suscha said. "This is a very athletic class with two left-handed players. And they all have the ability to play at a high level of doubles as well as singles."
Marx, a native of Cleveland suburb Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a four-star recruit who has been a fixture on the national youth tennis scene. Marx won a doubles title at the 2008 National Winter Championships, while advancing to the singles quarterfinal of the same tournament. Also in 2008, he was a semifinalist at the National Clay Court Championships. More recently, Marx has been the consolation champion at the 2010 Midwest Open. In 2008 as a high school freshman, he finished 26-5 and placed third in the Ohio state tournament. He was named Cleveland Plain Dealer Tennis Player of the Year.
O'Neill, a native of Bali, Indonesia, competes internationally in New Zealand. He led his team to a pair of New Zealand Secondary School team championships, and he is a member of High Performance travel team that played in France. O'Neill has been ranked near the top of his New Zealand state as well as in the top 30 nationally.
Weldon is a two-time all-state performer from Columbus, Ohio. He won a state doubles title en route to leading Upper Arlington High School to the Ohio Team State Championship. Weldon has been ranked No. 1 in the USTA Midwest doubles rankings.
Woldmoe, a listed five-star recruit, is from Fishers, Ind. He finished his high school career as a four-time first team all-state player at Hamilton Southeastern. Woldmoe was the top-ranked player in Indiana according to the USTA. In addition, the USTA tabbed him top 5 in the Midwest and top 60 nationally. He was runner-up at the 2010 Kentucky Interscholastic tournament as well as semifinalist at the 2010 Copper Bowl in Arizona.
Suscha added: "From a pure ranking standpoint this is one of the best classes we have ever put together, but I think the real strength of this group is their physicality and competitiveness. The Horizon League continues to improve and this group will allow us to compete for championships for years to come."
2011 Butler Men's Tennis Signees
|Tommy Marx||6-4||Shaker Heights, Ohio|
|Sam O'Neill||6-1||Bali, Indonesia|
|Billy Weldon||6-1||Columbus, Ohio|
|Austin Woldmoe||6-2||Fishers, Ind.|