ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its national award winners prior to the start of the NCAA Finals Monday, with Georgia College Tennis senior Robin Möller (Hamburg, Germany) receiving the National Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award.
Möller is the second Ashe Award winner in GC Tennis history, joining GC Hall of Famer Luiza Biktyakova in 2003.
With the honor originating in 1982, the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. This award goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
"Robin's professionalism and dedication to his athletic and academic career is second to none since I have been at Georgia College," Bobcats head coach Steve Barsby said. "His leadership has propelled what I consider an average team in Division II to a top-25 program this spring. He also pushes his teammates daily to work hard on their academics. He was just named the Georgia College Senior Athlete of the Year which is a testament to the quality of person he is on and off the court."
The nation's No. 18 singles player, Möller went 15-2 this season, including victories over four nationally-ranked players. In doubles action, he teamed with junior Matt Rogel (Sautron, France) for a 16-3 record, taking the No. 3 slot in the country.
Möller also brought in high academic honors, finishing his exercise science degree with a 3.94 GPA, good for a slot on the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) All-Academic Team.
Bobcat Men's Tennis finished 11-8 in 2019, Möller taking first team All-PBC honors in singles and joining Rogel for first team doubles as well. The Bobcats beat three nationally-ranked teams this season, including then-No. 8 Valdosta State University.
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