MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's men's tennis coach Michael Wayman announced Friday the signing of Serra High School standout Matthew Campana to a national letter of intent during the recently completed early signing period.
"I'm excited to have him here at Saint Mary's. I think he's going to be an excellent addition to the team," Wayman said. "He's a very solid player. I believe he will improve very well in the program."
Campana comes to Saint Mary's with an impressive resume, having earned all-league honors all three years he has played at his San Mateo, Calif. high school. He has been named MVP of his team, placed third in the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament and reached the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Tournament.
He has also played a leadership role for the Padres, and as team captain helped Serra win its first WCAL title in over 20 years. Campana is also an exemplary student, having received Serra's Scholar Athlete Award three years in a row for maintaining a GPA of 3.7 or higher and receiving high marks in a varsity sport.
Campana has also found success away from Serra. Last summer, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA National Regional Tournament and, after falling in that round, battled back to make it to the consolation finals. He has also placed fifth in the Boys 16s USTA National Regional Tournament (West Coast) and second in Boys 14s doubles.
Making him an even better fit for Saint Mary's is the fact that he comes from a long line of Gaels, having had several family members graduate from SMC.
The 2013-14 edition of Saint Mary's men's tennis gets underway on Jan. 17 when the Gaels host Cal Poly at 3 p.m.