Alex Rovello, a 21-year-old tennis player at Oregon, drowned Saturday after a diving accident at Willamette National Forest in western Oregon.
A 21-year-old junior from Portland, Rovello was a standout tennis player at Cleveland High School, going undefeated and winning four consecutive state championships. He appeared in the June 14, 2010, issue of Sports Illustrated's "Faces In the Crowd."
At Oregon, Rovello played mostly No. 1 singles for his first two years and Nos. 3 and 4 during the 2013 campaign. He went 21-8 last season.
According to a police report, Rovello jumped from a 60-foot cliff at Tamolitch Falls into Blue Pool. Friends and bystanders tried to rescue Rovello when he didn't surface, but they were slowed by the depth of the pool and the 37-degree water.
There was no cell service in the area, and a witness ran two miles to call for help.
Rescue teams worked early into the morning Sunday to recover Rovello's body, which was found 30 to 40 feet below the surface. The report indicated that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in Rovello's death.
"The Oregon tennis family is devastated by the loss of Alex," Nils Schyllander, Oregon's men's tennis coach, said in a statement. "He was an amazing person and teammate and his spirit will live on forever with all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, Geri and Jim Rovello, and to the entire family."