Tigerville, SC – North Greenville University men’s tennis players Sjors van Eck (Ospel, Netherlands) and Santiago Robles (Villavincencio, Colombia) have been named All-Conference players for the 2014/2015 tennis season. Sjors van Eck received 2nd Team All-Conference honors and Santiago Robles received 3rd Team All-Conference honors.
Sjors van Eck earned his first all-conference team award, playing primarily #3 and #4 singles and #3 doubles together with freshman Marcelo Yshikawa. In conference matches, Sjors van Eck went 7-2 in singles and 7-2 in doubles.
Santiago Robles earned his first all-conference team award too, playing #6 singles and #3 double together with sophomore Sergio Araujo. In conference matches, Santiago Robles went 6-2 in singles and 8-1 in doubles.
Sjors van Eck and Santiago Robles (transfer from Stillman College) are both new to North Greenville University’s tennis team and both play substantial roles. They are and will be key players for next tennis season.
Sjors van Eck also received the ‘Difference Maker’ Award at North Greenville University, while Santiago Robles received both the ‘Academic’ Award as well as the ‘Most Outstanding Player’ Award for the 2014/2015 tennis season. They both currently hold GPAs of 3.5 and above and are outstanding student-athletes at North Greenville University.
As their coach, I find that Sjors van Eck is one of the most encouraging and inspiring players I have ever had the privilege of coaching. He gives 100% no matter if it is during tennis practices, conditioning trainings at 6:00am, practicing extra after the official practices, or encouraging and pushing his teammates to work harder on the courts. Santiago Robles is a true fighter on the court. He earned the reputation of being one of the most mentally strong players on the team when he won 3 tiebreak matches. Junior Santiago Robles will be playing one more year for the Crusaders. I am already looking forward to next season having both of these all conference players back on our team. They are great people both on and off the court.