Three tennis players named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 8:45am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Spring Hill College men’s tennis player Jake Lyons and women’s tennis players Shelby Fritscher and Monica Castello have been named a 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.

Lyons, a senior from Jacksonville, Ala., is a biology/pre-health major and appeared in more than 50 singles matches and more than 45 doubles matches during his four-year career at SHC. He also won the award last year as a junior.

Fritscher, a senior from Covington, La., is a secondary education and social sciences major and appeared in more than 50 singles matches and more than 45 doubles matches during his four-year career at SHC usually on the No. 1 court. She also won the award last year as a junior.

Castello, a junior nursing major from UMS-Wright in Mobile, earned a walk-on spot to the Badger team as a sophomore and spent the 2013 season on the No. 2 doubles court and the No. 4 singles court.

Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 159 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.

This year a total of 94 men’s tennis players and 119 women’s tennis players were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.