Leatherneck tennis inks two for 2010-11 roster
Courtesy: Katie Kane, Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Tuesday 04/27/2010
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MACOMB, Ill.  -  The Western Illinois tennis squads have each signed a new player for the 2010-11 season as  Benjamin Yue will join the men’s team and Kendall Robison is the new addition to the women’s team.
Yue, a Normal, Ill., native, was a four-year letterwinner at Normal University High School and worked with Illinois State's head coach
Cris James. The three-time state qualifier (2007, 2008, 2009) recorded state records of 3-2 in 2007, 1-2 in 2008 and 2-2 in 2009. Yue was the Bloomington Sectionals Singles Champion in 2008 and the runner up the year prior. Tennisrecruiting.net gave Yue a one-star rating as he was the No. 21 ranked senior in the state of Illinois.

“We are pleased to welcome Ben Yue to the Western Illinois men’s tennis program,” Western Illinois head coach Michael Hunt said. “We see Ben being another Patrick Hammers-type player on this team. In other words, we expect Ben to come in and make an immediate impact on both the singles and doubles lineup.”

Yue is currently ranked No. 3 by the United States Tennis Association (UTSA) Middle Illinois District in boys’ 18 and under singles. He has also held a No. 24 ranking in the USTA Midwest Section boys’ 16 and under singles and a No. 33 ranking in the USTA Midwest Section boys’ 14 and under singles. The USTA Midwest Section consists of the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and parts of Kentucky and West Virginia.

“Ben was a highly ranked sectional junior in the 16 and under and 14 and under divisions and has wins over a number of current NCAA Division I players,” Hunt said. “He hasn’t played as much in the 18 and under division, but we still think he is a top 40-type sectionally-ranked talent. And we are happy once again to sign a Middle Illinois player from a local community.”

A Decatur, Ill., native, Robison transfers to Western Illinois after playing her freshman season at Northern Illinois. She compiled a 2-3 singles record and 1-1 doubles record in the fall as a Huskie. Robison graduated from St. Teresa High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was a three-time state qualifier (2005, 2007, 2008), the 2008 Casey Sectional Singles Champion and the runner up in 2007. 

“We’re so happy to have Kendall Robison on board for next year,” Hunt said. “We recruited her a little bit out of high school, but she chose to go to Northern Illinois. Kendall is a really good person, a great student and an improving tennis player. She came to tennis a little bit late, even though she is from a tennis family, so she still has a lot of upside in her game. Kendall is a natural lefty, but plays with two hands on both sides.”

Robison also received a one-star rating from Tennisrecruiting.net. She ranked No. 4 in the USTA Middle Illinois District Girls’ 18s singles in 2008-09. She also played for Hunt when he was the USTA Middle Illinois coach at the 2008 and 2009 Marian Wood Baird Cup.

“We saw Kendall at the Northern Illinois tournament last fall and it was evident that she is improving greatly. I had the privilege of coaching her on Middle Illinois’ Marian Wood Baird Cup team the last two summers, so I know Kendall well and that she will be a great fit at Western Illinois.”

Yue and Robison are the first two additions to the 2010-11 roster.

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