Tuesday, 10 July 2018 06:55

App State Men's Tennis Signs Heaven

First-year Appalachian State men's tennis head coach Craig Schwartz announced the signing of Zion Heaven for the 2018 class.

Heaven's commitment is the first signing of the Schwartz era. He will join a Mountaineer squad that returns seven letterwinners from last season following a 12-11 mark for a third straight winning season and an upset in the first round of the Sun Belt Championship over No. 2 seed Louisiana.

"I am really excited to welcome Zion to the Mountaineer Family," Schwartz said. "It's always very special signing your first recruit with a new program. I believe his skill set will translate into him being a very productive player for App State. His big serve and forehand should bode well for him both indoors and outdoors."

Playing tennis since he was five, Heaven is from Ewa Beach, HI while spending time in Orlando, Fla., where he went to Florida Virtual Full Time High School.

Heaven is a rated four-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net and the fourth-best high school player in Hawaii. In addition, he is ranked 175th nationally and a 12 on the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) scale, which is based on a rating of 1-16.5.

Most recently, Heaven advanced to the finals in the DT-USTA Summer Junior Section title match after capturing four contests.

Heaven was born on Oct. 18, 2000. He is the son of Will and Shannon Heaven. He enjoys traveling and hiking and will major in business.

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