Saint Francis University Athletics

09/05/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/05/2017 16:46

Men's Tennis Welcomes Two Newcomers For 2017-18 Season

Flash Points:
  • SFU Men's Tennis Head Coach Rob Castille has added two newcomers for the 2017-18 season.
  • Freshmen Charles Morkel (Cape Town, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Sebastian Pinos (Quito, Ecuador/Compuinformatica) will join the Red Flash.
  • Morkel was a member of South Africa's U19 School Team, while Pinos is ranked third among U18s in Ecuador.
  • The Red Flash opens the Fall season on Friday at the Bucknell Invitational.

LORETTO, Pa. - Saint Francis Men's Tennis Head Coach Rob Castille has added two newcomers to his roster for the 2017-18 season. Castille has welcomed freshmen Charles Morkel (Cape Town, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Sebastian Pinos (Quito, Ecuador/Compuinformatica).

Morkel and Pinos join four returning players from last year's squad. The Red Flash will look to contend for the NEC Championship again after reaching the championship match the last two seasons. Each of the four returners has earned All-NEC honors during their SFU career, led by NEC Rookie of the Year and First Team selection Franz Luna (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Laurel Springs). Sophomore Arturo Dell'eva (Verona, Italy/Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy) and senior Alec Dylan Foo-Kune (Phoenix, Mauritius/International Connections Academy (Md.)) were both Second Team selections last year and junior Jan Vit Suntar (Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia/Gimnazija Kranj) was a Second Team pick in 2016.

The Red Flash opens the 2017 Fall season on Friday, September 8 at the Bucknell Invitational, the first of four tournaments SFU is competing in this Fall.

Charles Morkel (Cape Town, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) Charles Morkel (Cape Town, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium)
Cape Town, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium
Morkel played the No. 1 position for Paul Roos Gymnasium. His high school team won the championship match at the Kersney Festival, South Africa's National Championship. Morkel reached the semifinals in doubles in the 2016 Wanderers Junior ITF Tournament, Green Point ITF Tournament and the Boland ITF Tournament. He was on the South African U19 School's Team. Morkel is ranked No. 1 in the Boland province and placed third in the Tennis South African Masters. He was a winner of three National Open Doubles tournaments. Morkel recorded a 4.0 GPA in high school.
Castille on Morkel: 'Charlie will be a great addition to the team. He is a great kid and is someone who is very coachable. I think playing indoors will really be a great fit for his game. He has a big serve and very solid groundstrokes that he'll really be able to use as weapons inside. He has played in a number of ITA Futures as well as many other International tournaments so has gained a lot of experience that he will be able to use as he moves into college tennis. I am expecting great things this year from Charlie.'
Sebastian Pinos (Quito, Ecuador/Compuinformatica) Sebastian Pinos (Quito, Ecuador/Compuinformatica)
Quito, Ecuador/Compuinformatica
Pinos is No. 402 in the ITF Under 18 rankings and is ranked third in Ecuador Under 18s. He was a semifinalist at the ITF Grade 4 Tournament in Santiago, Chile and was a singles quarterfinalist and doubles semifinalist at the ITF Gogo Open in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Pinos was the winner of the doubles ITF Copa Quito Tournament. He was the Ecuador U18 National Champion in 2016.
Castille on Pinos: 'We are excited to add Sebastian to the squad this Fall. He has played a number of ITA Futures over the years and has gained a lot of experience which will serve him well as he transitions to collegiate tennis. He is someone who is a fighter on the court and leaves everything out there. You always know what you are going to get with someone that plays with his game style and that's so nice to have on your roster. I am looking forward to a great year from Sebastian.'