NEW YORK – Columbia men’s tennis head coach Bid Goswami has announced the addition of five new standouts for the class of 2017. Miguel Alda, Willliam Chiu, Christopher Grant, Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham are set to join the Lions this fall, adding an array of experience and talent to the roster.
“Our last two recruiting classes produced a pair of Ivy League Rookies of the Year and seven first team All-Ivy League players who propelled Columbia up to No. 32 in the nation in Division I tennis,” said Goswami. “The new recruits certainly have a tough act to follow, but we are very excited about this class. From a rankings perspective, they were a similar level in junior tennis as the classes above them. We hope they are as dedicated and consistent in their training. There will be a lot of competition to make the starting lineup, which we think will be a positive to help with the development of all of our players.”
A tennis standout at Westwood High School in Round Rock, Texas, Alda won the 2013 Texas High School State Championships in 5A Boy’s Singles. Among his accomplishments throughout high school, Alda was ranked No. 1 in the state of Texas in the USTA rankings and as high as No. 33 in the nation.
One of three California natives in the class of 2017, Chiu earned four letters playing tennis at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. Serving as captain his senior year, Chiu played at the first position and became the San Diego CIF Singles runner-up. He was also the San Diego CIF Doubles runner-up during his sophomore campaign. Off the court, Chiu excelled academically as an AP Scholar and Rancho Bernardo High School Scholar Athlete.
Similarly traveling cross country from California, Grant earned three letters in tennis at Santa Barbara High School, where he helped lead his team to the Channel League title each of those years. In 2011, Grant was the Channel League champion and Most Valuable Player. He also found success in the classroom, graduating in the top five percent of his class and earning the Santa Barbara High School Academic/Athletic Award.
The reigning New York State Tennis Champion, Hadavi enjoyed a decorated career at Dobbs Ferry High School in the Big Apple. Hadavi displayed strong leadership throughout his career, playing at the No. 1 position and captaining all four years in tennis in addition to playing soccer as a forward during his senior season. He was a two-time tennis All-Section pick, going undefeated back-to-back years as a junior and senior. Hadavi topped his senior year by landing spots on the All-County tennis team and All-League soccer team. Off the court, Hadavi was a National Honor Society Member and earned an International Baccalaureate diploma.
A four-year letterwinner at Menlo High School, Pham joins the Lions from Saratoga, Calif. During his career at Menlo, the Knights were four-time Central Coast Section team champions, four-time Northern California champions and two-time national champions. In 2012, Pham was ranked No. 1 in Northern California for boys 18 and under, while also earning as high as a No. 29 national ranking for the class of 2013 by tennisrecruiting.net. A three-time selection for the Northern California Boy’s National Team, Pham earned a career-high third place finish in 2013.