'Canes Lead PBC with Five All-Academic Tennis Selections

'Canes Lead PBC with Five All-Academic Tennis Selections

AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern tennis teams combined to place a league-best five players on the recently released 2012 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic squads. Juniors Mollie McGowan and Ryan Bartz, along with sophomores Chris Eastwood, Stephen Moore and Matt Vansant earned the honor.

It was the second-consecutive All-Academic tennis award for McGowan and Bartz.

McGowan played No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles this spring for the 8-13 Lady Hurricanes. The Americus native finished with a 5-14 singles record and a 6-14 doubles mark while helping the squad earn its most PBC wins in a season. A two-sport athlete, she was named to the 2011 PBC All-Academic Women's Cross Country First Team in the fall.

In addition, McGowan was named the 2011-12 GSW Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and she recently earned induction into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.

In the classroom, the exercise science major holds a 3.95 grade point average.

Bartz finished 2012 with a 5-11 record at No. 2 doubles for the 5-14 Hurricanes. The Dixon, Ill. native saw time at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles as well this spring and tallied a 4-14 mark overall.  

The biology & biomechanical engineering major holds a 3.39 grade point average.

Moore played in 18 matches for GSW in 2012. The Valdosta native had a 4-14 record at No. 1 singles while winning his only match at No. 2. He teamed with Eastwood at No. 3 doubles where they were 4-1. Overall, Moore was 6-7 in doubles, splitting time at No. 2 and No. 3.

A chemistry major, Moore holds a 3.79 grade point average.

Eastwood played in 11 matches in 2012. He posted a 5-6 record at No. 3 doubles.

The native of Chester, England is a computer science major and holds a 3.86 grade point average.

Vansant played in 13 matches this spring for the Hurricanes. The Leesburg native posted a 1-4 record at No. 5 singles and was 1-12 overall while recording a 3-5 mark in doubles. Vansant received the 2012 GSW Men's Tennis Scholar Athlete Award (top GPA).

The business major holds a 3.88 grade point average.

The All-Academic Team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; have achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); and have completed at least one full academic year at her current institution.

2012 Women's Tennis All-Academic Team

Player School Year Hometown GPA Major (Minor)
Eliza Adusumilli Lander Sr. Brasilia, Brazil 3.82 English
Mona Blauen Francis Marion Jr. Cologne, Germany 3.71 Management
Andrea Cediel USC Aiken Soph. Cali, Colombia 3.80 Business Administration
Marie Cercelletti Clayton State Sr. Domvallier, France 3.41 Marketing
Aleksandra Filipovski Armstrong Soph. Szeged, Hungary 3.31 Economics
Jitka Gavdunova Francis Marion Sr. Vejprty, Czech Republic 3.47 Marketing
Kerry Hall Francis Marion Jr. Durban, South Africa 3.67 Finance
Kathleen Henry Armstrong Sr. Anderson, S.C. 3.65 Economics
May Johnson
Georgia College Jr. Sydney, Australia
3.86 Art
Barbora Krtickova Armstrong Soph. Nove Mesto Nad Metuji, Czech Republic 3.54 Health Science
Mollie McGowan Georgia Southwestern Jr. Americus, Ga. 3.95 Exercise Science
Mia Winterbottom UNC Pembroke Jr. Sydney, Australia 3.82 Mass Communications

Honorable Mention: Charlotte Fabricius, Clayton State; Rachel Gould, Flagler; Helene Nordgreen, Montevallo; Yulia Shvetsova, Montevallo; Michelle Lingner, Georgia College; Margot Simon, USC Aiken; Martina Dedaj, Clayton State; Cayce Bradley, Lander.

2012 Men's Tennis All-Academic Team

Player School Year Hometown GPA Major (Minor)
Ross Armstrong Lander Jr. Johannesburg, South Africa 3.30 Computer Science
Oscar Axelsson Lander Soph. Smalandstennar, Sweden 3.48 Business Administration
Ryan Bartz Georgia Southwestern Jr. Dixon, Ill. 3.39 Biology & Biomechanical Engineering
Chris Eastwood Georgia Southwestern Soph. Chester, England 3.86 Computer Science
Paul Henri-Arrigoni Lander
Jr. Bordeaux, France
3.53 Business Administration
Adam Hunt Flagler Sr. Woking, England 3.75 Communications
Jerome Leborgne Georgia College Sr. Coordimanche, France 3.82 Mathematics
Stephen Moore Georgia Southwestern Soph. Valdosta, Ga. 3.79 Chemistry
Josh Rees USC Aiken Soph. Torquay, England 3.33 Business Adminstration
Georgi Rumenov Armstrong Soph. Barcelona, Spain 3.50 Economics
Tim Ruepke Francis Marion Soph. Bremen, Germany 3.40 General Business
Matt Vansant Georgia Southwestern Soph. Leesburg, Ga. 3.88 Business