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Five CSC Academic All-District honorees for Dutch tennis teams

PELLA – The Central College men’s and women’s tennis teams have named five student-athletes to the College Sports Communicator Division III Academic All-District men’s and women’s tennis teams announced Tuesday afternoon.

In the women’s team, Jenna Hernández (senior, Slater, Ballard HS), Becca Vala (junior, Omaha, Neb., Elkhorn HS) And Madi Whalen (sophomore, Kansas City, Mo., Park Hill HS) were recognised. For the men’s team AJ Wilkins (junior, Grinnell) And Alejo Marcon (sophomore, Resistencia, Argentina, Pella Christian HS) were cited.

To be eligible to participate, a student-athlete must have a team score in 70% of events and a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher. This is the second year for tennis as its own Academic All-District category, after previously being part of the general category.

Hernandez is a biochemistry and biology double major with a GPA of 3.75. Playing at No. 3 in the fall and No. 1 in the spring, Hernandez finished 4-15 in singles. In doubles she was 4-4.

Vala is a kinesiology major with a GPA of 3.77. She led the Dutch women with 12 singles during her 12-7 season, playing primarily at No. 5 and No. 6. Vala played with four different partners throughout the lineup and was also 9-10 in doubles.

Whalen is a double major in environment, sustainability and biology with a 3.59 GPA. She was 3-15 in singles during the season, playing primarily at No. 2. She was 8-12 with three different doubles partners.

Wilkins is a biology major with a GPA of 3.94. He finished 10-13 in singles, mostly No. 2, and 14-8 in doubles, while playing mostly No. 1. He was selected to the American Rivers All-Conference teams in doubles.

Marcon is studying business management with a GPA of 3.63. He finished 7-8 as the number 3 player in singles for the Netherlands. In doubles he finished 11-6 playing either No. 1 or No. 3.