The Central Christian College men’s and women’s tennis teams wound up with several season-ending national awards from the National Christian College Athletic Association.
Two Tigers were honored with awards based on their on-court performance, the rest were honored for accomplishments related to activities off the courts.
Seniors Mark Gayer and Dylon Neal, who both had outstanding careers for the Tigers, capped off their time at CCC by being named to the NCCAA All-America Team.
Gayer, who finished his career with a 43-16 mark in singles and a 46-20 record in doubles, was named to the NCCAA’s first team. Neal, Gayer’s doubles partner for three years, finished his career with a 38-11 record in singles, and a 37-12 record in doubles, was named to the NCCAA’s second team.
Off of the court, three Tigers were named Academic All-American in the NCCAA. Nominees for NCCAA Scholar Athlete must be an academic junior and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. This year Mark Gayer, Stevie Ellis and Kei Aizawa were named NCCAA Scholar All-Americans.
Gayer and Ellis, along with Megan Carter, were also honored by the NCCAA as Ministry Athlete award winners. Nominees must be in good academic standing with their attending institution, be a good “Christian” role model and be involved in a ministry either on campus or in the local community. All three of these CCC tennis players served the CCC campus community as small group (HBC) leaders.
“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these five individuals,” outgoing CCC head coach Jeremy Nelson said. “In all aspects of life, they have shown themselves to be excellent. They are great tennis players, great students and great leaders.
Of the five, only Gayer and Neal are seniors. The other three ladies will be back again next season to continue what they have started.