Men's Tennis Adds Pair for Next Year
Head Coach Tom Lloyd added two players for next year.
May 14, 2014
Having recently finished his first year at the helm of LMU's men's tennis program, head coach Tom Lloyd looked to the future by adding two standout tennis players for next year. Joat Farah (Ecuador) and Jamie Thorp (Kent, Wash.) each signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Lions starting this fall.
Farah is an experienced and talented international player out of Ecuador. He is currently the top-ranked junior tennis player in his country, having won an International Tennis Federation Grade 5 tournament and finished as a finalist in a Grade 4 tournament in Costa Rica. The standout, who has reached as high as #182 in the ITF singles rankings, also captured a doubles championship at Grade 5 tournaments in Peru and Ecuador.
"We are ecstatic to have Joat as part of the Lion family," said Lloyd. "He comes from a very rich tennis country and has proven to be the best for his age there. He will bring great depth to the Lion program, and we look for him to be an immediate impact player."
Thorp, ranked in the top-130 nationally, is a top four-star recruit out of Kent, Washington who plays for Northwest High Performance Tennis. A top-four junior in the Northwest, Thorp has accumulated an overall record of 24-10 in singles play at the regional/national level.
According to Lloyd, "Jamie has one of the best work ethics and attitudes a coach could ask for. He brings a very athletic and physical game to the program and is a perfect fit on what we are building here on `The Bluff.' There is no question that we are lucky to have Jamie as a Lion, and he too will be expected to contribute right out of the gate."
The talented pair join a Lion squad that finished 14-10 last year, including 9-4 at the LMU Tennis Center.