Tennis Trio Tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

Tennis Trio Tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

Austin, Texas – Three star tennis student-athletes from Lynn University have been selected to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II At-Large Teams, as announced on Wednesday. Jean-Baptiste Mateo and Rosalie Willig were chosen to the second team while Grace Mpassy picks up third-team honors.

On the men's side, Mateo becomes just the second CoSIDA Academic All-American in program history, joining Stefano Papaleo's second-team selection in 1996. He finished the year with a 3.66 cumulative GPA as an international business management major.

Mateo pieced together one of the best singles campaigns in program history, boasting a perfect 23-0 record and claiming ITA All-America status as the 11th-ranked player in the country. He is the only Fighting Knight since Lynn joined the NCAA in 1997 to produce 23 singles wins in a season. The Marseilles, France native secured 20 of his victories at the No. 2 position with three at the top flight while winning all seven matchups against nationally-ranked opponents. Mateo also garnered Sunshine State Conference Singles First Team accolades, the first of his career.

Willig and Mpassy notch the fifth and sixth CoSIDA Academic All-America selections for the women's tennis program and are the first to do so for the Fighting Knights since 2010. Willig's second-team nod is the program's highest since Dragana Ilic was a first teamer in 2006.

Willig finished her MBA in marketing this spring with a 4.0 GPA to go along with a 3.87 undergraduate mark at Lynn as an international business management student.

Willig concluded her successful four-year stint in the Blue and White as a five-time ITA All-American, earning the honor in doubles the past three years while claiming a singles selection in 2015 and 2017. The Stuttgart, Germany native finishes the year slotted No. 15 in the singles national rankings and fourth in the doubles rankings. Playing primarily at the No. 2 position in the Fighting Knights' lineup, Willig logged a perfect 17-0 singles record on the season while going 17-2 at No. 1 doubles.

She also became the second player in program history to be an eight-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection, earning league honors in both singles and doubles all four years at Lynn.

Mpassy graduated in three years at Lynn, producing a 3.98 cumulative GPA as an event management major. After missing ITA All-America plaudits last year by just one spot, Mpassy secured her first career selection this year as the No. 8-ranked singles player in the nation. She recorded a 17-2 singles mark on the year, including a 9-2 tally at the top flight, and was 4-2 vs. nationally-ranked opponents. Mpassy was also a double honoree from the SSC, marking a spot on the first team in both singles and doubles.

Maryville (Mo.) University senior wrestler Nate Rodriguez and Saint Leo University senior golfer Marie Coors were tabbed the Male and Female At-Large Academic All-Americans of the Year, respectively.

The at-large program for the CoSIDA Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

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