Men's tennis signs 'Kiwi' ace to lead 2012 signing class By Sports Information Department BC | May 27, 2012 | RSS Bluefield College Athletics Bluefield, Virginia Sports Information Department Bluefield, Virginia- The men's tennis program announces the signing of 18-year old Kiwi tennis player, Lochlan Kitchen, who will compete at Bluefield College in the fall of 2012 for Coach Mark Sarver's side as they prepare for the Mid-South Conference. The Whangarei, Papa New Guinea native comes to Bluefield from the highly touted Remuera Rackets Club and spent the last two seasons at Aukland Grammar School finishing his high school. Last year, his Papua New Guinea heritage was acknowledged when he represented that country at the Pacific Games in New Caledonia. The past several months Kitchen has been training at nearby Scarbro Tennis Center in Glenn Innes, preparing for his next big competition, the Mid-South Conference in the NAIA. While the tennis program will compete in a limited amount of games in the fall season, Sarver's side will have several months of time together until Bluefield takes the court for their full season in the Spring of 2013. Head Coach Mark Sarver is excited about signing one of his key internationals for the upcoming season. "We feel very fortunate to have signed a very good student athlete in Lochlan. I feel he will become the cornerstone of our program as we move into the very competitive Mid-South conference and i believe he will have an immediate impact in helping us to become a competitive program." Lochlan will be studying for a degree in exercise and sports medicine while at Bluefield. Both the men's and women's tennis teams made groundbreaking moves in the 2011-2012 season under first-year head coach Mark Sarver. Future signings including Lochlan will add experience and talent to the current team which showed significant improvements just a year ago.