BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Wednesday, King University men's tennis player Rodrigo Avila earned another award for his mantle. The senior was selected to the Capital One Academic All-American at-large team after finishing his career with a grade point average of 3.99.
The Cuernavaca, Mexico native carried a 3.99 GPA while double majoring in Mathematics and Physics. Avila graduated in May and plans to pursue a master's in Engineering. He has won numerous academic awards in his time at King, including the King University Arthur W. King Memorial Scholarship (Outstanding Physics Major) and the King University William E. Torbert Memorial Scholarship (Outstanding Mathematics Major). He was also selected as a member of Who's Who among Student in American University and Colleges.
Earlier this spring, Avila earned Conference Carolinas' top award, the Murphy Osborne Award which is awarded to a senior student-athlete based on their academic, athletic and service accomplishments. The senior also speaks four languages and plays the piano as he performed a recital earlier this month in King's Memorial Chapel. Avila was also a member of the Conference Carolinas academic all-conference team.
Athletically, Avila was nearly as impressive as he garnered first team All-Conference Carolinas honors for the third straight season. He was also named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week once, and was named King University's Male Athlete of the Year. He led the Tornado to a 10-match winning streak and to their first Conference Carolinas Tournament win, defeating seventh seeded Erskine College 5-0. He also garnered all-tournament team honors.
Avila played primarily at the No. 2 singles slot, posting a 14-5 record there while going 6-2 in conference play. He posted an overall singles record of 19-9 while going 16-8 in doubles play. He played at the top flight in doubles play, going 16-6, including a mark of 6-2 in league play.
Avila joins women's volleyball player Kelsey Griffitts as King student-athletes who have earned Capital One Academic All-American honors this season.