Lakota East senior Freddy Abunku recently signed a national letter-of-intent to play tennis at Xavier University, according to his high school coach Greg Mahlerwein. Abunku, who has been named to the All-GMC First Team for the past two seasons, is the Thunderhawks No. 2 singles player.
“Freddy is a worker on the tennis court. He shows an amazing amount of heart and desire to win the points. A lot of the time he can will himself to victory,” Mahlerwein said. “I know he is excited that he is headed to Xavier. They have a good program there and he really likes the coach (Eric Toth).”
Abunku’s teammate and Lakota East’s No. 1 singles player junior Zach Mueck told the Pulse Journal that Xavier is also his first choice.
“Zach is still keeping his options open, but Xavier is one of the schools that he is looking at,” Mahlerwein said. “Zach has not really made a final decision yet.”
Mueck was named the Greater Miami Conference boys’ tennis Athlete of the Year in 2010 and finished as the Division I state runner-up.
“If Freddy were on any other team on the state, he might be the No. 1 singles player there,” Mahlerwein said. “They really feed off each other in practice. We have two incredible talented young tennis players … it is really a treat as a coach to look at the talent level.”
(Photo of Zach Mueck and Freddy Abunku – click to enlarge)