ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Five Creighton tennis players earned recognition as scholar-athletes from the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) at the tennis awards banquet held at Wichita State Thursday evening.
The Valley honored three Bluejays with First Team accolades. Men’s tennis seniors Sean Mathison and Ryan Norman each claimed an honor joined by sophomore Jennie Hartjes of the women’s tennis team. Two of Hartjes’ teammates earned Honorable Mention Team honors in senior Anna Kirshenbaum and junior Analese Snyder.
The MVC Scholar-Athlete honors are the first for each Bluejay.
Mathison his first career win at No. 1 singles against Hastings on April 2. He compiled a 9-16 overall singles record including a 7-10 mark in the spring. Mathison played primarily at the top two spots with a 5-3 record at the No. 2 position. He won four consecutive matches March 12-29 at No. 2 slot to precipitate move to No. 1 the rest of the season.
The senior posted an 11-14 overall doubles record including a 7-10 mark in spring with four different partners. Mathison teamed up for four wins with freshman partner August Nysted at the No. 3 position in the spring. Last fall he claimed first place in the Omaha Collegiate Invitational Doubles Flight B with freshman partner Nick Thompson.
A finance major, Mathison carries a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.
Norman posted first career win at the No. 1 singles position against Nebraska’s Eric Sock on Feb. 10. He owns 5-22 overall record in singles including a 3-14 ledger in the spring. He played primarily at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots.
He posted 8-18 overall doubles record with a 4-12 mark in the spring. Norman claimed all four victories with freshman partner Nick Thompson at the top spot. Last fall he finished third in the Omaha Collegiate Invitational with doubles partner Elliot Baker.
Norman owns a 3.60 GPA in philosophy.
Last fall Hartjes finished first in the top singles and doubles flights of the Omaha Collegiate Invitational with perfect 3-0 records. With doubles partner Anna Kirshenbaum, the duo also placed third in doubles flight one at the MVC Individual Championships.
Hartjes played in all 18 dual matches at No. 1 singles for the Jays with a 10-8 record in the spring going 3-4 in the MVC as part of a 17-11 overall singles mark. She won four straight singles matches from March 12-28. She also posted a 14-13 overall doubles record including an 8-10 mark in the spring with four different partners, playing primarily at the No. 2 doubles slot.
The biochemistry major currently owns a perfect 4.00 GPA in the classroom.
Last fall Kirshenbaum won the top doubles flight at the Omaha Collegiate Invitational last fall with Hartjes. She owns a 9-13 overall singles record including a 9-10 mark in the spring. She played every match at the No. 3 position during the dual season. Kirshenbaum won four straight matches from March 12-28.
Kirshenbaum also recorded an 11-15 overall record in doubles including a 6-12 mark in the spring. She played primarily at the top spot, collecting four wins there.
A marketing major, Kirshenbaum owns a 3.54 GPA in the classroom.
Snyder played every match of the spring season at the No. 2 singles slot. She owns 10-15 overall singles record including a 7-11 mark in the spring. Snyder won five straight singles matches at the second spot from March 11-28.
She claims an 8-19 overall doubles record including a 6-13 mark in the spring. Snyder won four matches with Kirshenbaum at the top doubles spot.
Snyder owns a 3.55 GPA in business administration.
Scholar-Athlete honors require athletes to meet performance standards to be eligible for selection. A student-athlete must hold a cumulative 3.2 GPA, be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing, and have participated in 75% of the regular season or projected participation in the MVC Championship to earn a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.
2013 Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete First Team
Ashton Kalhorn, Bradley
Juan Diego Cuadrado, Bradley
Sean Mathison, Creighton
Ryan Norman, Creighton
Robin Goodman, Drake
Alen Salibasic, Drake
Erik Brunskog, Illinois State
Alexander Pelaez, Illinois State
Rafael Cuadrillero, Southern Illinois
Matheus Pereira, Wichita State
2013 Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention
Arthur Romanet, Bradley
Jean Erasmus, Drake
Badr Cherradi, Southern Illinois
Tomislav Gregurovic, Wichita State
2013 Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete First Team
Jennie Hartjes, Creighton
Carolina Abello, Illinois State
Heather Nisbet, Illinois State
Phyllis Tigges, Illinois State
Chelsea Moore, Northern Iowa
Melanie Delsart, Southern Illinois
Anita Lee, Southern Illinois
Anastacia Simons, Southern Illinois
Veronika Blaskova, Wichita State
Montse Blasco Fernandez, Wichita State
2013 Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention
Carly Miles, Bradley
Analese Snyder, Creighton
Anna Kirshenbaum, Creighton
Ali Patterson, Drake
Korey Love, Southern Illinois
Natasha Tomishima, Southern Illinois