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A trio of seniors were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
A trio of seniors were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Women's Tennis - Mon, May. 20, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS - A trio of Marian University women's tennis student-athletes were recognized for their academic achievements after they were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, the national office announced last Friday.

Seniors Hilary Carpenter, Hannah Ruegsegger and Tiffany Schendel were all named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes for their contributions to MU women's tennis during the 2012-13 season.

The award is bestowed upon student-athletes who have been nominated by their head coach, have achieved junior academic standing and have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.

Carpenter, a Danville, Ind., native, maintained a 3.52 GPA as an English major. She saw action in one singles match and one doubles match in her junior season and went 1-0 in doubles competition. Known as a team player, Carpenter did not see much action in the lineup throughout her career, but was a positive influence on the program throughout her four seasons at Marian University.

Ruegsegger, a Greenfield, Ind., native, maintained a 3.62 GPA as an art major. She saw action in one doubles match as a senior and also saw action in one singles match and one doubles match in her junior season. She finished her career with a 2-0 mark in doubles competition and an 0-1 mark in singles play. Another player who saw limited action, Ruegsegger was known for her ability to keep the Knights upbeat and on a positive note throughout competitions in her four seasons at Marian University.

Schendel, a Fort Wayne, Ind., native, saw regular action in the spring of her senior season. She went 4-2 in singles play at No. 6 singles. She also had a 5-4 mark in doubles competition at all three spots in the doubles lineup. She went 7-4 as a junior in singles play with a 6-4 mark at No. 6 singles. She teamed with Alyson O'Connor as a sophomore to earn a 16-6 record in doubles play and went 15-12 in singles competition as a freshman. She was also 11-15 in doubles play as a freshman. For her career, Schendel had a 26-18 singles record and a 32-25 mark in doubles competition.

The trio of Knights are the first to be selected for the scholar athlete honor since Roxanne Rose earned the award after the 2008-09 season.

The Knights finished as the runner-up in the Crossroads League regular season and tournament with a 16-9 overall record and a 7-1 mark in league play. They finished ranked No. 21 in the final NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Poll and missed an at-large bid to the NAIA National Championship by three spots. Head coach Cassie Mackell was named league coach of the year for the second time in her five seasons at the helm of MU women's tennis.