Men's Tennis Claims Three MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan claimed half of the Mid-American Conference’s (MAC) Distinguished Scholar Athletes for men’s tennis, as senior Ruben Greiner along with junior’s Matt Hamilton and Daniel Loebel won the prestigious award.
The Distinguished Scholar Athlete is a second-year award given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics. Following each season from the fall sports schedule, any student with a 3.20 GPA and participation in at least 50 percent of the contests was automatically named to the previously announced Academic All-MAC Team from each sport. Also, first-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence were not eligible for the award.
From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the faculty athletic representatives selected the ‘best of the best’ of our Academic All-MAC Teams to be honored with Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award for the 2015-16 season. The number of Distinguished Scholar Athletes from each sport were equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 33% of nominees, whichever was greater.
Greiner, a senior from Wiesbaden, Germany, finished 21-6 overall in singles and 20-10 in doubles play. He and partner Stephen Payne earned the doubles point clincher in the NCAA Tournament against No. 15 Illinois. Greiner had a winning streak of 13 matches and won 17 of his last 19 matches to close out the season. He was named Second Team All-MAC for his efforts. He boasts a 3.82 GPA with a major in finance.
Hamilton, a junior from Wyoming, Mich., finished 24-9 overall in singles and 28-7 in doubles play. He ended the season winning 10 of his last 12 matches in singles and 14 of his last 17 doubles matches. He was a two-time winner of the MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week and was also named Second Team All-MAC. He won the award last season as well. He boasts a 3.98 GPA with a major in finance.
Loebel, a junior from Hamburg, Germany, went 26-11 overall in singles and 16-8 in doubles play. He was named to the All-MAC Tournament team after going 2-0 and was also a two-time MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week. He ended the season winning 18 of his final 23 matches that included a nine-match winning streak.He boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA in finance.
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