FMU’s Ruepke named to PBC Tennis All-Academic Team

Francis Marion University junior Tim Ruepke has been named as an honorable mention selection to the Peach Belt Conference Men's Tennis All-Academic Team. He was also named to the squad as a sophomore in 2012.

A native of Bremen, Germany, Ruepke is majoring in finance and has a 3.47 grade point average.

A three-year letterman, Ruepke was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll in 2012 and has earned FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll recognition four times.

On the court in 2013, Ruepke was 8-10 in singles play, playing positions two through five, and compiled a 10-8 mark in doubles, playing at all three rungs on the ladder.  He helped FMU to a 15-9 record, a national No.18 ranking, and the program's sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The All-Academic teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field of play. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor, achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at his/her current institution.

Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt consists of 14 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.  In its short history, the conference boasts 32 NCAA Division II national championships.