MOBILE, Ala. - Union junior Bartos Micher received the 2011 ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship at the awards banquet at the 2011 NAIA Men's and Women's Tennis National Championship Tournament in Mobile, Ala. on Monday.
In addition, to Micher (Junginen, Germany) winning the national award, three other Bulldogs garnered ITA East Region honors.
Senior Nicolas Ernst (Rietheim, Germany) was named the ITA East Region Senior Player of the Year, sophomore Pierre Vernin (Le Coteau, France) is the ITA East Region Player to Watch, and Roscoe Moonieyan is the ITA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Micher, the2011 Men's Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner, is described by his coach and teammates alike as a father figure to the team and is extremely respected by all of them for the way he leads them on and off the court. This is merely an extension of how this German native conducts himself off the court. An avid local volunteer for area youth, campus and tennis-oriented activities, Micher also provides leadership to his team and classmates when it comes to academics. A member of the Dean's Honor Roll, this junior has maintained a 3.78 GPA through three years, serving a both a tutor and educational role model.
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site is www.itatennis.com.
The Bulldogs are currently playing in the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Union entered the tournament with a 17-5 overall record.