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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

UH tennis: Two-time state champion Spiker signs

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i men's tennis coach John Nelson officially announced today that two-time Hawai'i state high school champion Jared Spiker signed a letter of intent, along with Jonathan Brooklyn, from Hillingdon, England.

Spiker, a Kalani graduate who picked up the game at Diamond Head Tennis Center, won the last two state singles titles. He was unbeaten in his two-year high school career. Last year he became the first OIA boy to win a state singles title in 26 years.

Spiker is also a brown belt in judo and won three national titles before focusing on tennis. His two older brothers won five state high school wrestling championships.

Brooklyn is the 57th-ranked player in England and has also earned rankings from the ATP (1,475) and ITF (1,468). He advanced to the round of 16 in the Great Britain Men's Futures 14, earning ATP points. He was a quarterfinalist at the ITF's 2009 Aegon Scottish Jr. International.

Brooklyn's brother Matt just completed a stellar career at UCLA, helping the Bruins to a pair of deep NCAA Tournament runs as one of the top players in the Pac-10 Conference.

UH just won its third straight WAC title and advanced to its third straight NCAA Tournament. Brooklyn and Spiker will help fill the void left by departing senior Andreas Weber.