KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four McPherson College tennis players earned NAIA All-America honors when selections were announced on Monday.
On the men's side, Rafael Bulnes claimed a spot on the second team, while Joan-Marc Fajula Rodriguez was named honorable mention.
Emma Sheehan and Brooke Vorhees were both placed on the women’s honorable mention list.
"This is a great way to honor the individual accomplishments and efforts of these extra-ordinary student-athletes," Mac coach Jeff Benito said. "They have led by their great example and have represented the Bulldog tennis program, McPherson College and themselves well. I am quite proud of them all."
Bulnes (Rosmalen, Netherlands) went 14-4 on the year in singles with his defeats coming at the hands of some of the best talent in the NAIA. Along with partner Fajula Rodriguez, the due was 14-7. At one point throughout the season, the tandem won 10 matches in a row. Bulnes was named to the honorable mention squad last season.
Fajula Rodriguez (Olot, Spain) is a newcomer for MC tennis and was named KCAC Freshman of the Year last month. He ended the year at 16-5 in singles. Fajula Rodriguez earned national recognition as he was named the NAIA Men's Tennis Player of the Week for his performances from April 14-20.
It was an unbelievable season for the women's team and by placing two athletes on the All-American lists shows how far the program has come. Sheehan (Fullerton, Calif.) played the No. 1 position for MC throughout the year and finished with a record of 16-6 in singles and 19-3 in doubles. For her season performance, she earned the title of KCAC Player of the Year.
Vorhees (Riverside, Calif.) posted a 19-3 singles record this season, racking up the most wins on the team. She went 18-6 in doubles with her sister Nikki by her side for most of the matches. She was honored earlier in the year as the KCAC Newcomer of the Year.
All four All-Americans will return next season for Bulldog Tennis.