Francis Marion University men’s tennis coach Garth Thomson has announced the addition of three players for the 2012-13 season: freshman Alex Auman of Hamlet, N.C., freshman Arnaud Holl of Walldorf, Germany, and sophomore Eimon Heywood of Huddersfield, England.
Auman, 5-11 and 145 pounds, is a graduate of Richmond Senior High School, where he played for coach Paula York.
This past season, he registered a 13-3 singles record and a 15-1 doubles mark en route to winning the Southeastern Conference championship playing alongside his brother. This came a year after he captured the 2011 conference singles title and advanced to the 4AA singles state championships.
Auman earned his team’s most valuable player award each of the past four years and concluded his prep career with a 55-20 singles mark and a 56-23 doubles record. He also garnered his squad’s Academic Athlete Award four times.
Holl, 6-0 and 158 pounds, is a product of Gymnasium Walldorf, where he played under the direction of coaches Heiko Holzmann, Aleksey Malajko, and Patrick Lubanski.
Heywood, 5-10 and 160 pounds, played last season at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University. That school dropped its program after the season and Heywood decided to transfer to FMU where he will have three years of eligibility. This past spring, he played singles at No. 5 and 6 for the Dolphins and posted a 9-10 doubles mark, playing at the No. 2 and 3 spots. He was also a President’s Honor List student for the 2012 spring semester.
He is a product of the Sutton Tennis Academy and Cheam High School, both in England, and the Saddlebrook Academy in Florida. He now lives in Irmo, S.C.
“We have replaced our two graduating seniors with three quality players,” Thomson said. “Alex is one of the better high school players in North Carolina. He is very good doubles player, a hard worker, and a good student, and the key to his success is how quickly he transitions his game to the college level.
“I am very excited to have Arnaud join our program. He has good technique and could become a difference maker for us in the 2013 season.
“Eimon battled some injuries last year at Jacksonville and then went through the process of finding a new school. This can be a good re-start for him. He also is a good doubles player, knows several of our current players, and will add immediate college experience to our roster.”
Francis Marion recorded a 10-7 mark this past spring, while earning the program’s fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament invitation, and finishing the season ranked 21st nationally.