This season, Kaszás will add valuable depth for the Runnin' Bulldogs during the upcoming portion of their 2012-13 slate of matches, beginning January 19, 2013 at North Carolina. Both Lofrumento and Stillwell have been added for the 2013-14 season, giving GWU a bright future going forward.
Kaszás comes to Gardner-Webb from Budapest, Hungary. He ranked second in Hungary among junior players, and has been a member of the Hungarian National Junior team since 2007. He was rewarded for a stellar playing career by being ranked 59th in the 16's in Europe. Kaszás looks to add valuable toughness to the Gardner-Webb men's tennis fold.
"Benjamin is going to help us immediately coming into the upcoming season," said head men's tennis coach Mike Griffith. "He is an excellent doubles player who has tons of international experience."
Lofrumento (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) will compete for the Runnin' Bulldogs beginning in August 2013. Rated as a two-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net, Lofrumento earned a spot on the First Team All-Conference for a stellar 2012 season. As part of his successful 2012 campaign for Cocoa Beach High School, Lofrumento reached the quarterfinals in singles play at the Florida 2A High School state tournament.
"Nick will add toughness (to our team) and is team-oriented," said coach Griffith. "He has multiple years experience playing for his high school team, and his experience will be huge for us."
Stillwell is a native of Wilmington, N.C. The Laney High School product led his team to a quarterfinals appearance at the North Carolina 4A High School state tournament in 2012 after winning the East Regional singles crown in 2012. Rated as a three-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net, Stillwell earned a No. 20 ranking in the state of North Carolina while at Laney.
"Like Nick and Benjamin, A.J. adds valuable experience playing for his high school team, which will help us out tremendously in the future," said Griffith.
"All of these players have multiple years experience playing for their national team or high school teams and thus this experience will be huge for us now, and in the future," Griffith continued. "Tennis, in juniors, is such an individual sport, but in college it is so team-driven. These players know what it means to play for a team and support their teammates.
"They will be a great addition to GWU and our tennis team. We cannot wait to start the season at No. 16 UNC on Jan. 19, 2013."