For the second year in a row, Francis Marion University sophomore Paul Meuwissen has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Scholar-Athlete, this time for the 2019 season.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Meuwissen owns a 3.509 GPA as a business economics major. A native of Geilenkirchen, Germany, he played at each of the top four singles positions during the 2019 campaign and played No.3 doubles on several occasions.
He was selected to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team this past spring, was named the Patriot team most valuable player as a freshman in 2018, and has been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on every possible occasion. On the court, he won the consolation bracket for the B Flight in singles at the 2017 ITA Southeast Regional Small College/Oracle Tennis Championships.
Meuwissen also served on the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the past academic year.
He helped the Patriots register a 10-10 record in 2019, representing a three-win improvement over the previous season. Francis Marion ended the year ranked 33rd in the final Oracle/ITA Top 50 poll.