SAN ANTONIO (June 25, 2012) -- Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has announced the addition of Estanislado G. Martinez Jr. to its men's tennis team. Martinez is a graduate of Carrizo Springs High School in Carrizo Springs, Texas.
The men's team qualified for the NAIA Regional Championship Tournament this year in Oklahoma City, Okla. The team was defeated by Lewis and Clark University in the semifinals.
The Saints were ranked as high as No. 21 in the nation by the NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
"Tanis is going to be a valuable part of our growing tennis program at OLLU," said Head Coach Sal Castillo. "He has already impressed me with his determination and work ethic. I am always excited to have players like Tanis on the team who are dedicated and wanting to work hard. He has some big shoes to fill as we graduated three players, but with a lot of college match play, he will be right there with our top players."
Martinez is a three-time district champ and four-time regional champ in men's singles tennis. He won the Spenco Tennis Tournament and the Courtyard Country Club Tournament both in Austin, Texas.
In high school, Martinez was the Student Council President and a member of the National Honor Society. He received the Don Tate Fighting Heart Award as the top athlete in his school. He finished in the top 15 percent of his class and was band section leader of the drum line. He plans to major in business accounting at OLLU.
The Saints team begins their season in the spring but plays a handful of tournaments during the fall.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant