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Hogs add two new players to roster

07/12/2011
LaToya Gulley, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Head coach Robert Cox and the University of Arkansas men’s tennis team announced two additions to the roster for the 2011-12 season. The Razorbacks added the talents of Pete Thomason and Victor Hoang. Thomason is a junior college transfer while Hoang will have four years to play for the Hogs.

Thomason is an Amarillo, Texas, native who attended Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. He has extensive tournament experience throughout his home state as well as in the Midwest. Growing up in Texas, he played in numerous prestigious and competitive tournaments, and he was consistently ranked in the top 20 in all age groups. 

“During my last season at Tyler, we had a good season with a slow start. I had a really good time with the guys on the team,” said Thomason. “I got a lot better being at Tyler, they have great coaches there.”

“We are very excited to have Pete join the Razorbacks after a superb junior career and an outstanding junior college campaign,” said Cox.

Thomason is a two-time All-American at Tyler Junior College and was a leader on the team. In 2010, he was a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association national co-championship team, and also was the ITA Junior College doubles champion.

“My main reason for choosing to come to Arkansas was because I really like the school,” said Thomason. “I also like the coaching staff and look forward to playing for Coach Cox.”

“Pete is an outstanding student, first and foremost,” said Cox. “He will be an engineering major here at Arkansas and has proven himself to be an ‘A’ student. Pete is the type of student-athlete that we want here at Arkansas.”

As a sophomore in 2011, he led Tyler back to the finals where the Apaches finished second in the nation. He and partner Javier Perez also finished second in doubles. He led Tyler to a 15-5 finish this year and a 14-4 mark with a tri-national championship in 2010.

“Pete brings a wealth of junior college success to our program, and this will help him make the transition to Division I tennis,” said Cox. “I am looking forward to working with Pete and I am confident he will fit in nicely with the team.”

Peter’s parents are Seth and Susie Thomason. He has an older brother, Erin. Thomason was coached by John Peterson at Tyler Junior College. He finished the 2010-11 season with an ITA singles ranking of No. 42 and doubles ranking of No. 14.

Hoang, a Burlington, Ontario, Canada native, comes to the Razorbacks having been ranked in the top 225 in the ITF world junior rankings. He also has acquired several accomplishments during his high school years, including winning three ITF world titles and was a national singles finalist and a two-time doubles champion. Hoang was also the Provincial champion three years straight. During this time, his tennis coach was Pierre Lamarcha.

“Eduardo [Rincon] and I are really excited to have signed Victor,” said head coach Robert Cox. “With his tennis success at the world ITF level, we both agree that Victor will step in immediately and push our top players”

Hoang was ranked at No. 1 in his providence and No. 2 in Canada in the Under 16 division. The following year, he kept his No. 1 providence ranking and remained in the top 5 in Canada.

“Last season I spent my time doing a lot of training and making decisions on where I would like to go to college,” said Hoang.

“Victor was a highly recruited player, not only because of his on-court success, but he brings a solid academic record with him,” said Cox. “Victor will be a fan favorite immediately because of his style of play. He is aggressive and can hit every shot.”

Hoang carries his athletic talents off the tennis courts as well. He is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and took second place at the Taekwondo National Championship for the Under 17 division.

“I chose Arkansas because they spend a lot of time developing their players which is something that I’m looking forward to and that I really liked about the coaching staff,” he said.

“We are very fortunate to have Victor here,” said Cox. “He plays an SEC-level of tennis and will certainly be a great asset to our team. I know he will shine, and we look forward to working with him on a daily basis. He has the talent to be the next Arkansas All-American.”

Victor is the son of Lam and Nancy Hoang, and he has a younger brother named Daniel.

During the summer months, the current Razorbacks are participating in individual tournaments. The 2011-12 season starts in the fall for the Razorback squad.



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