Aug. 3, 2009
Head coach Jim Serbalik announced today that Michael Amico, Vikaran Kadaba and Dylan Roberts have committed to join the men's tennis program beginning in September. Amico and Kadaba just wrapped up stellar scholastic careers in the Capital Region, while Roberts hails from Holtsville, N.Y. in Central Long Island.
"We are very excited to have these three student-athletes join our program," Serbalik said. "Based on their high school careers I am confident each will excel at the Division I level. More important, they are quality individuals who will enrich the Siena community."
Amico, who stands 6-1, played first singles the past two seasons at Bethlehem High School in nearby Delmar. He finished his high school career with a 55-4 record and helped the program capture the Suburban Council Championship in three of his four varsity seasons. He played three straight years for the Adirondack Team in the Empire State Games, finishing in third place individually at #1 singles in 2008. In 2009 he was honored as the Suburban Council Singles Champion, and in 2008 he was the Suburban Council and Section II doubles champion.
Amico ranked #23 in the most recent USTA Eastern Section Boys 18's and third in the 2008 USTA Eastern Region Men's Open Singles Division.
"Mike has been one of the top high school players for the past four years in the Capital District," Serbalik said. "He has the ability to move to the top of the line-up early in his career at Siena. I see Mike as a cornerstone of the program over the next few years."
Kadaba just graduated from Shenedehowa where he played first singles and served as team captain as a senior. The 6-1 Clifton Park, N.Y. native played four varsity seasons at Shen and was the recipient of the Most Honored Player Award as a senior. He advanced to the Doubles Sectional Tournament in 2008.
"Since my son played at Shenendehowa with Vic, I have had the opportunity to observe his development over the past five years," Serbalik said. "Vic has a very good chance of making the starting line-up in singles and will be an asset with multiple doubles partners."
Roberts stands 6-2 and just completed his scholastic career at Sachem High School where he was a four year participant and served as team captain as a senior. Roberts played top singles at Sachem the last two seasons, earning Team MVP honors both years. He was the 2009 Suffolk County Divisional Champion and a two-time All-County pick.
"Dylan has a solid foundation for Division I tennis," Serbalik said. "He has the outstanding fundamental skills and natural aggressiveness necessary to succeed at this level."
The three student-athletes will have an opportunity to earn immediate playing time as the program lost three starters, including their top two singles players, to graduation in May.