May 7, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Kasey Countee and Tendai Tapfuma have each signed a national letter of intent to attend East Carolina University and join the men's tennis program for the 2014-15 season, announced head coach Shawn Heinchon Wednesday.
"We are always looking for guys who want to be leaders and who want the responsibility of going out and building a tennis tradition," Heinchon said. "We have a great group of guys here already that are putting in the hard work and we are thrilled that Tendai and Kasey want to come in and be a part of that."
A native of Cheltenham, Md., Countee currently attends the Bullis School in Potomac. He is a three-time All-Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) No. 1 singles champion as well as a two-time First-Team All-Met member. He is currently ranked as the top junior tennis player in Maryland and 81st nationally by tennisrecruiting.net.
"I chose East Carolina because I really liked the campus," Countee said. "The coaches were down to earth and I felt like I could relate to them off the tennis court as well. The team chemistry is great and I really like the direction the program is heading.I am excited to be a part of it."
"I liked Kasey this first time I had a chance to speak to him and I knew he would be a good fit for us," Heinchon explained. "He is one of the top 100 recruits in the country, but with his athletic ability there is no limit to how good he can become over the next four years."
Tapfuma is native of Zimbabwe and presently attends Seminole State College (Okla.), which is ranked No. 4 among Division I junior colleges by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The ITA currently ranks him No. 15 in singles and No. 4 in doubles. Tendai climbed to as high as No. 66 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) world rankings before enrolling at Seminole State College. He was also a member of Zimbabwe's Davis Cup team.