STEUBENVILLE – Head men's tennis coach Scott Greve has announced five incoming student-athletes that will make up the class of 2021 for the Barons.
Joining the team this fall will be Giorgio Alexander, Luke Conrad, Aiden Howard, Joseph Suess, and Jonathon Walmach.
Alexander, a Wheeling, WV native, will join the Barons this fall after competing in the Fr. Michael Scanlan Tournament last summer and will do so again this July. Alexander was a regional champion and a state semi-finalist while at Wheeling Central Catholic. Aside from his skills on the tennis court, Alexander is an accomplished juggler. He has tied a world record in juggling and can juggle 10 balls, eight rings, and six clubs. Alexander was a member of the Teens for Life club at Wheeling.
"Giorgio was a great find for our program," remarked Coach Greve. "He is the first to come from our Fr. Michael Scanlan Tennis Tournament and we are excited to have him compete again this year."
Conrad, the younger brother of women's tennis standout Madelyn Conrad, hails from Bethlehem, PA. He was a conference champion and district finalist in doubles while earning a gold medal at the East Penn Conference Tournament.
"Luke is the brother of Madelyn Conrad, who plays No. 1 singles and doubles for the Lady Barons, and is a very accomplished player in his own right," said Coach Greve. "We are very fortunate to have him join our program. We expect great things from Luke!"
Howard comes to Franciscan after playing No. 1 singles in high school at Cambridge School of Dallas. The Irving, TX native is a second-generation Baron.
"Aidan's parents both graduated from Franciscan University and we are happy to welcome [him] as the first of his siblings to join the Barons on the court."
Suess comes to Steubenville from Milford, CT and has trained at Handscrabble Club in Brewster, NY and has participated in Nike Tennis Camps and USTA tournaments.
"We look forward to having Joseph as a part of the Baron Tennis program," remarked Coach Greve.
Walmach rounds out the incoming class after transferring to Franciscan from Northhampton Community College. Walmach is a Nazareth, PA native and played tennis at Pleasant Valley High School. Over the past year, Walmach has been playing and teaching tennis.
"Jonathon is a dynamic individual with a great attitude and solid game," complimented Coach Greve. "He will bring a lot to our team dynamics with his desire to serve and his tennis skills."
The Barons are fresh off their fifth-straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship and look to make it a historic six in a row with the incoming class.