Post season announcements and honors are in for the men's tennis team and for the 2012-13 squad, there are many to go around.
Individually, David Darling was named as a 2nd team NAIA All-American. The list of names on the NAIA All-American team was heavily dominated by international players and Darling's 26-2 singles record for the 2012-13 season combined with an impressive win over the #35 ranked player at the NAIA National Tournament helped solidify his standing with the selection committee.
Darling, along with Thomas Calderone were also named NCCAA 1st Team All-Americans while Aaron Mayes was named 2nd Team All-American. For their careers, these are repeat honors as Darling was named 1st Team his sophomore, junior and senior years, and 2nd team his freshman year. Calderone was 1st team his junior and senior years, and Aaron was 2nd Team All-American twice and 1st Team twice.
As a team, the Cougars obviously excelled on the court but most importantly in the classroom as the team owned an outstanding team G.P.A. of 3.56 and five Cougars were named as NCCAA Scholar Athletes at the NCCAA National Tournament. Those named were; Thomas Calderone, David Darling, Aaron Mayes, Nathan Scholten, and Matt Wojtkowski.
Darling, Scholten, and Mayes all recently graduated from Spring Arbor summa cum laude (above a 3.90 gpa).
"I think that is a phenomenal accomplishment to have such highly skilled athletes also excel the way they have in the classroom," said Head Coach, Terry Darling.
The Cougars were 17-8 on the season and this year's class graduated by winning more matches than any team in the history of men's tennis. This year's team had a four year mark of 81 wins against only 26 losses and was the 2011-12 season NCCAA National Runner-up.