Francis Marion University men's tennis coach Garth Thomson has announced the signing of Matheo Espinoza of Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Mauricio Guerrero of Mexico City, Mexico, and the addition of Harry Wells of Tamborine, Queensland, Australia, who is transferring after one season at NCAA Division I University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Espinoza, 6-0, is a product of Unidad Educativa Javier (school), where he played for coaches Andres Gomez and Raul Viver.
Guerrero, 5-11, is a graduate of Instituto Pretium (school).
Wells, 6-2, posted a 2-4 record in singles play and a 5-7 doubles mark this past season playing for the Vaqueros.
He is a product of Canterbury College prep school, where he played for coaches James Rapkins and Brett Hunter. He was named Australia's Tennis Player of the Year for 2014.
"I am excited about these three additions," said Thomson. "I feel that we have added three solid players that along with our returnees should give us the ability to compete in the top half of the Peach Belt Conference and return to the NCAAs (national tournament). Matheo was a Top 10 juniors player in Ecuador where his dad is a tennis coach. He has grown up around the game. Mauricio was a Top 10 juniors player in Mexico. He was a Division I prospect that we are fortunate to have snagged. Harry comes to FMU with a year of Division I experience under his belt. I hope with that background he will step in and help us immediately."
The Patriots lost only one senior off last year's 15-10 squad that posted a six-win improvement over the previous season, earned an invitation to the NCAA tournament, and ended the year ranked 28th in the ITA national rankings.