Men's Tennis Inks Four New Players for 2013 Season
June 11, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team and head coach Chi Ly have announced four national letter of intent (NLI) signings for the 2012-13 season. After finishing 7-10 during the spring season this past year, the Sailfish are aiming to reload with some fresh new faces while increasing the depth of its squad. The team will welcome Asteway Adams, Kyle Edwards, Michael Leonard and Michael Tsoi as new team members.
Coach Ly was charged with the task of replacing four-year contributor Luke Bolanos while also extending his roster after injuries limited the team’s chances in 2012.
A native of Ethiopia, Adams moved to the United States as a child while taking to the game of tennis and pursuing his goal of reaching college to pursue a career in medicine.
A graduate of Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida, Adams also competed in the prep ranks in Minnesota before moving to the Sunshine State to pursue tennis on a more full-time basis.
Playing for head coach Tony Balut, Adams played at the No. 1-singles and No. 1-doubles position while also competing in numerous USTA sanctioned tournaments while at the high school level.
Asteway is the son of James Adams.
Edwards will join the Sailfish men’s tennis team as a freshman in the fall following an outstanding prep career at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
A two-time state finalist at the high school level in both 2009 and 2010, Edwards will look to pursue a career in sports broadcasting following his time at Palm Beach Atlantic.
Kyle is the son of Gary and Judi Edwards.
Another bright and well-rounded student-athlete to join the PBA men’s tennis ranks will be Michael Leonard as a true freshman in 2012-13.
Hoping to major in the universities Pharmacy program, Leonard hails from Englewood, Florida and is one of six children for Tony and Karen Leonard.
A standout No. 1-singles and doubles player at Venice High School as a senior, Leonard was his team’s MVP while helping lead his squad to the Regional Finals.
Away from tennis, Leonard has been a member of the National Honor Society.
Tsoi has selected to attend Palm Beach Atlantic and originally calls Venezuela his home country.
He will study Business and Accounting while enrolled as a Sailfish and hope to continue the on-court success he achieved while competing at Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Wesley Chapel, Florida for head coach Alvaro Betancourt.
Michael is the son of Alan Tsoi and Maria Elena.
These four players will help make up the roster of the 2012-13 Sailfish men’s tennis squad.