Aug 24, 2016
RICHMOND, Va. – Javier Amantegui (Madrid, Spain) and Marten Jonsson (Pitea, Sweden) have joined the VCU Men's Tennis program, Head Coach Paul Kostin announced Wednesday.
An 18-year-old native of Madrid, Spain, Amantegui joins the Rams following one year of college in Spain.
"We began recruiting Javier after speaking with several people in Spain who believe Javier has what it takes to be a special student athlete at VCU," Kostin said. "I believe Javier can make a very strong impact in the singles line-up right away. He has experience playing around the world, and he already has an extra year of experience compared to most incoming freshmen."
A native of Pitea, Sweden, Jonsson is a fifth-year transfer from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Jonsson sat out most of last season due to injury. Jonsson earned Ohio Valley Conference Co-Freshman of the Year honors in 2012 and was named Second Team All-OVC in 2012 and 2013. He also excelled in the classroom and was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree from SIUE in finance and has been accepted into VCU's Masters of Business and Administration program.
"Marten is very tall, and with that height, and with his natural ability to play at the net, Marten should really be a huge addition for us in the doubles line-up. He will give us some flexibility with our doubles pairings," said Kostin. "am most excited about the leadership role Marten can bring to this team. We will be a young team this year, so having his experience on the court, and in the classroom will be very important."
Amantegui and Jonsson join a VCU lineup that returns All-Atlantic 10 performers Vitor Lima and Daryl Monfils. The Rams were 18-8 in 2016 and have reached the NCAA Tournament 20 times since 1993.