FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tennis coach Robert Cox has added a second signee this fall with the addition of Branden Joost of Tecumseh, Kan.
Joost has extensive experience on both the high school level and in national competition. Last year as a junior at Shawnee Heights High School, he was 27-3 and finished third in the state. As a sophomore, he was 31-1 and won the state title. He went 28-4 as a freshman and finished fourth. Joost has won city, league and regional championships all three seasons.
On the national junior circuit, Joost, who is coached by Rick Etchells, is currently ranked No. 138 in the nation in the 18-and-under division. In the 16s, he was No. 84 in singles and No. 9 in doubles. In the 14s, he was No. 28 in the country and No. 5 in doubles.
“I’m really pleased to get someone who has played national schedules throughout his junior career and with the national ranking that Branden has,” UA head coach Robert Cox. “I think it’s a great fit for him and for us. I really liked him when I saw him play. He’s very competitive and has skills that will make us a better team in the future.”
Joost joins Taylor King as newcomers for next year. King, who recently moved to Rogers from Wisconsin, is currently No. 115 in the nation in 18 singles. He was No. 20 in 16s and No. 12 in 14s.
King was born in Fort Smith and lived in Arkansas until moving to California at age 11. While in California, he attended the Top Seed Tennis Academy and Weil Tennis Academy. His family moved to Wisconsin five years later and to Rogers earlier this year.
Cox’s Razorbacks are coming off a 16-10 season in 2004 in which Arkansas advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and earned a No. 24 final ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.