Olivet's men's tennis program and Head Coach Andy Gibbs welcome Tyler Ellis as the newest member of the 2013 recruiting class. Ellis is from Danville, Ill., and played tennis at Danville High School.
Coach Gibbs had this to say about Tyler: “He is an outstanding student-athlete. He fits the profile of the kind of players, students and people we desire to have in our program. We are excited that he has chosen to become a Tiger. Even though Tyler has had success on the court and has an opportunity to contribute as a freshman, we believe that his best tennis is still to come.”
Ellis has been a three-time IHSA state qualifier in doubles and will attempt to make it four this season. He was named all-conference his junior season, and has played number one in singles and doubles all four years. Ellis also will letter for the fourth time in his career and has been a team captain for three straight seasons.
During his career, Ellis helped Danville High School win the Big 12 conference during his sophomore season and finish third his freshman year.
Ellis also played on the golf team at Danville High School, earning four varsity letters, serving as team captain for two years, and was named all-conference as a senior.
During his four years at Danville, Ellis was a three-time Big 12 Scholar-Athlete, member of the National Honor Society and honor roll for three years, and recently was chosen to represent his school at the Illinois Principal’s Association Banquet.
“I chose Olivet because the campus is very nice and the people are really friendly," Ellis said. "Olivet also has given me the best chance to grow as a tennis player and as a person in my next four years. I look forward to the opportunity to represent one of the nation’s best athletic programs on the court, and to become a better person and student off the court.”