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Klein Evans of Clayton to play tennis at Richmond

Klein Evans signs with the University of Richmond to play tennis with his parents (seated) Jennifer and Vance Evans, (standing, from left) Clayton athletics director Stacey Houser, assistant principal Jeff Sullivan and boys tennis coach Ken Stivason.
Klein Evans signs with the University of Richmond to play tennis with his parents (seated) Jennifer and Vance Evans, (standing, from left) Clayton athletics director Stacey Houser, assistant principal Jeff Sullivan and boys tennis coach Ken Stivason. cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Vance and Jennifer Evans

Height, Weight: 5-foot-10, 145 pounds

High School: Clayton

Also Considered: Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Davidson

Why Richmond? “The academics are great. I really appreciated the coach and team spending a lot of time with me when I was there. It was easy to see this was a place I’d enjoy spending the next four years. I loved the campus.”

Major: Business or Marketing

Notable: Klein is easily one of the most successful high school tennis players in the county’s history. He is 76-7 in three years in singles play with three Greater Neuse River 4A Conference singles championships and was the state singles runner up in 4A. … In doubles play, he is 39-1, working with several different partners. … Klein started playing at age 7 and became tennis centric a few years later. “I like doing things on my own,” he said. “I really liked controlling everything by myself on the court.” … He’s thankful for the work that Clayton coach Ken Stivason and Shane Wells at the North Hills Club. … He finished third over the summer at the New Balance U.S. Tennis Association High School National Championship at Harvard University. He was also presented the tournament’s sportsmanship award. … Klein was recently also named the N.C. USTA Male High School Tennis Player of the Year. He’ll receive that award in January. … He wants to improve his strategy in matches this coming year. “I need to improve on forcing players to play a match style they don’t want to play,” he said. “I need to play to my strengths more. … You realize more and more as you get older how much more of a mental game tennis becomes.”

Clayton tennis coach Ken Stivason: “Klein will be an outstanding college player for Richmond. He has a complete all-around game and he is a great team player. He will excel in singles and he is an outstanding doubles player.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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