Graham Named To All-GPAC Team
Mustangs Sweep Player Of Week Honors
Hamilton Earns Weekly GPAC Honor
Graham Is GPAC Player Of The Week
Five Morningside College athletes have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes in the sport of tennis.
The Mustangs’ tennis Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes are:
Matt Ford, a junior from Rice, Minn. Ford has a 3.66 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a major in business administration. Ford had an 8-9 record in the No. 1 singles flight and led the Mustang men with 14 combined singles and doubles victories this past season.
Laura Gildemeister, a senior from Sioux City. Gildemeister has a 3.84 cumulative GPA with a major in business administration. Gildemeister had a 4-6 record in the No. 1 singles flight.
Marisa Graham, a sophomore from Sioux City. Graham has a 3.69 cumulative GPA with majors in biology and business administration. Graham had a 9-3 record in the No. 3 singles flight and led the Mustang women with 15 combined singles and doubles victories.
Kate Nelson, a sophomore from Schleswig, Iowa. Nelson has a 3.73 cumulative GPA with a major in mass communication. Nelson had a 5-7 record in the No. 2 singles flight.
Michelle Rubenking, a sophomore from Corning, Iowa. Rubenking has a 3.54 cumulative GPA with majors in advertising and graphic design.
Student-athletes must be of at least junior academic status and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in order to be eligible for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
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Marisa Graham, a sophomore from Sioux City, Iowa, has been named to the 2009 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Tennis Team. Graham is the first women’s tennis player in Morningside history to ever earn All-GPAC honors.
Graham had the Mustangs’ best singles record during the 2009 season with a 9-3 mark while playing predominately in the No. 3 flight. She had a 7-1 record in matches against GPAC competition, losing only to Concordia University’s Taylor Cook.
Graham’s nine singles victories are the third highest single-season total in Morningside history behind 13 wins by Anouchka Ganivet in 1998 and 10 wins by Yong Tran in 1998. With a 14-9 career mark, Graham has moved within two wins of Morningside’s career record of 16 singles triumphs by Tran, who posted a 16-8 record over the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Aside from her 9-3 singles record this season, Graham also comprised one-half of the Mustangs’ top doubles tandem by teaming with Lynn Leonard, a sophomore from Cherokee, Iowa, for a 6-6 record in the No. 2 flight. The duo has an 11-9 record over the past two seasons.
Morningside was one of the most improved teams in the GPAC this season with a 5-7 overall record, including a 5-4 mark in the GPAC, following a 2008 campaign where the Mustangs were 2-9 overall and 1-7 in the GPAC.
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Morningside swept this week’s Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s and Women’s Tennis Player of the Week awards.
Matt Ford, a sophomore from Rice, Minn., is the GPAC Men’s Player of the Week and Kassie Hein, a freshman from Milford, Iowa, is the GPAC Women’s Player of the Week.
Ford went 3-0 at No. 1 singles and 2-1 at No. 1 doubles last week. Ford leveled his season’s singles record at 6-6 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Scott Kraayenbrink of Dordt College, a 6-1, 7-6 triumph against Kristopher Andresen of Cornell College, and a 6-1, 6-0 win against Luke Riesselman of Simpson College.
Morningside defeated Dordt 6-3 in its only GPAC dual last week and is currently 3-0 in the GPAC standings.
Hein had a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Serena Graves in the No. 6 singles flight and combined with Shannon Schroeder for an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles in the Mustangs’ 8-1 win against Dordt last week. She has a 3-1 singles record this season.
Morningside and Concordia University are tied for first place in the GPAC women’s tennis standings with 4-0 league marks.
Garth Hamilton, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s Tennis Player of the Week.
Hamilton went 2-0 at No. 4 singles last week with a 7-5, 6-0 victory against Benjamin Stone of Buena Vista University and a 7-6, 6-1 triumph against Aaron Masterson of Wartburg College. Hamilton also combined with teammate Matt Ford for a 1-1 record in doubles play.
Hamilton has a 5-0 record in singles play so far this season.
Marisa Graham, a sophomore from Sioux City, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.
Graham went 2-0 at No. 2 singles and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles last week to help lead the Mustangs to a 5-4 win against Midland Lutheran College and a 6-3 triumph against Doane College. She had a 6-4, 3-6, 11-9 win against Midland Lutheran’s Kristena Rump and an 8-5 triumph against Doane’s Cassie Steiner.