Mortier Named Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Sebastian Mortier is the 2018 Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Tuesday with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Mortier was part of a Cardinals’ squad that claimed the 2018 Southland Conference regular-season championship, marking the first time in program and school history that UIW had won a Southland championship in any sport. The junior from Hanau, Germany, holds a 3.37 GPA studying biology. He earned all-conference first team accolades after a perfect 5-0 conference record in singles play at the No. 3 position. He was named Southland Player of the Week on April 17 after helping UIW clinch the No. 1 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament in its first season eligible since transitioning to Division I. He also kept a perfect record in doubles play during the conference season, combining with Southland Player of the Year, Gabriel Evans. 2018 Southland Men’s Tennis All-Academic TeamsStudent-Athlete of the Year: Sebastian Mortier, UIW Joey Vatanadilok* Sr. UIW San Antonio, Texas Kinesiology 3.14 Nicolas Kramer of New Orleans is the only other member on the all-academic first team with a 4.00 GPA, keeping the perfect average as a double major in accounting and finance. Lamar’s Sebastian Santibanez, a two-time all-academic selection, rounds out the top academic team. Nicolas Kramer2 Jr. New Orleans Munich, Germany Accounting/Finance 4.00 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Carlos Pedrosa and UIW’s Nedim Ahmic each garnered second team spots.The All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for All-Academic selection. Nominees who were also named to the All-Conference First Team or CoSIDA Academic All-District team are automatically named Southland All-Academic. Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Hunter Holman Sr. Abilene Christian Dallas, Texas Accounting 3.51 Abilene Christian slotted five selections between the two all-academic teams. Henry Adams is a first-team selection while Brad Gleason, Cole Lawson, Jonathan Sheehy and Hunter Holman are each second team picks. Sebastian Mortier^*2 Jr. UIW Hanau, Germany Biology 3.37 Mortier’s teammate Joey Vatanadilok earned an automatic selection after being voted a Southland All-Conference First Team member and possessing a 3.14 GPA while majoring in kinesiology. Lamar’s Logan Powell is the lone player who is an automatic selection to the team for being selected to the CoSIDA Google Cloud All-District Team. Powell majored in psychology and kept a perfect 4.00 GPA. Logan Powell* Sr. Lamar Amarillo, Texas Psychology 4.00center_img Henry Adams Sr. Abilene Christian San Antonio, Texas Accounting 3.57 Second Team Nedim Ahmic So. UIW Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina Computer Information Systems 3.83 First Team Sebastian Santibanez2 Jr. Lamar Santiago, Chile Economics 3.65 Carlos Pedrosa2 So. A&M-Corpus Christi Sevilla, Spain Mechanical Engineering 3.81 Cole Lawson Jr. Abilene Christian Spring, Texas Nursing 3.70 Brad Gleason Sr. Abilene Christian Broken Arrow, Okla. Psychology 3.69 The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Jonathan Sheehy So. Abilene Christian Arlington, Texas Finance 3.00 ^Student-Athlete of the Year*-Automatic Selection2-Two-Time All-Academic Selectionlast_img read more