ST. LOUIS – For just the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2000, three Bradley student-athletes have earned positions on the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete Team, according to an announcement from the league office late Thursday night.
Senior Juan Diego Cuadrado (Almeria, Spain) and junior Ashton Kalhorn (Colorado Springs, Colo.) both are repeat selections on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, while junior Arthur Romanet (Castelldefels, Spain) received honorable mention notice. The three honorees from Bradley are the most since the 2000 squad also placed two Braves on the first team and a third player on the second team. Bradley and Drake shared the distinction of placing the most players on the 2013 MVC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete teams.
Cuadrado is a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete overall, having previously earned honorable mention recognition in 2011 and first-team in 2012. Boasting a 3.46 cumulative grade point average as an economics major, he has earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of his six semesters on The Hilltop. On the court, Cuadrado has climbed into a tie for third on the school’s all-time singles win list with 71 career victories. He also ranks ninth with 63 career doubles victories.
A chemistry business major, Kalhorn has maintained a perfect, 4.0 cumulative grade point average through his first five college semesters while moving into the top 25 on the Bradley men’s tennis all-time wins list with 55 career victories. A first-team honoree on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District V squad in the at-large category, Kalhorn will be nominated for Capital One Academic All-America consideration Monday.
Earlier this week, Kalhorn also was named Bradley’s recipient of the 2013 Spring MVC Leadership & Service Award. In addition to his play on the court and success in the classroom, Kalhorn has played in the first two Easter Seals Piano Concerts, while also organizing the 2013 event, helping to raise more than $2,400 for Easter Seals. He also volunteers in the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center emergency room on Saturday evenings, as well as the MVC’s Just Read program. A 2012-13 Bradley Men’s Tennis team captain, he represented his team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council during the 2011-12 school year.
Romanet also participated in the Easter Seals Piano Concert. With a 3.33 cumulative GPA as an economics major, Romanet has earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of his last four semesters. Playing through a wrist injury, he is 16-12 in singles play this season, climbing into Bradley’s all-time top 20 with 56 career singles victories.
In addition to their individual success, the trio of Bradley MVC Scholar-Athletes have helped the Braves to three consecutive winning seasons and the 43 wins the last three years represent Bradley’s best 3-year victory total since also collecting 43 wins from 1988-90.
The Braves (14-10) will try to break that tie Friday when they take on Illinois State in the first round of the MVC Men’s Tennis Championship in Wichita, Kan., noon at Genesis Health Club.
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