May 16, 2014

Patriot quartet named to PBC Tennis All-Academic Team

Four members of the Francis Marion University men's tennis team – senior Tim Ruepke and juniors Eimon Heywood, Luke Bateup, and Marius Wahlier – have been named to the 2014 Peach Belt Conference Men's Tennis All-Academic Team.

Heywood earned first-team honors, while the other three were honorable mention selections.  Ruepke earns the honor for the third consecutive year.

A native of Huddersfield, England, Heywood is majoring in general business and has a 3.927 grade point average.  A two-year letterman at FMU, he is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society, was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll last year, and was selected to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll in each of his first four semesters at Francis Marion.  This past season, he posted a 3-8 singles mark and a 3-8 doubles record on the court while compiling a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom during the 2014 spring semester.

Bateup is a native of Beckenham, England, and owns a 3.516 GPA as a business economics major.  A three-year letterman, he is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society, served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2012-13, was chosen to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll twice, and was named to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll six times. In 2014, he posted a 1-2 singles record and a 4-5 doubles mark.

A native of Bremen, Germany, Ruepke has a 3.561 GPA as a finance major, including a perfect 4.0 GPA this past semester.  A four-year letterman, he owns membership in Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society and Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society, has been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll twice and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll six times, and served on FMU's SAAC this past year.  On the court in 2014, he registered a 2-11 singles record and a 9-7 doubles mark (along with Wahlier) and earned a No.6 regional ranking in March.

Wahlier, a native of Cologne, Germany, is a management major and has a 3.520 GPA.  A two-year letterman at FMU, he is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society and was selected to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll in 2013 and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll three times.  This past spring, he posted records of 8-7 in singles and 9-7 in doubles.

Francis Marion finished its 2014 season with a 7-9 record and a No. 27 national ranking, but missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years.

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 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 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 33 NCAA Division II national championships.

     

           Bateup                                    Heywood                                Ruepke                              Wahlier