MUNCIE, Ind. – Junior Ray Leonard and senior Austin Smith of the Ball State men's tennis team have been named to the 2014 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, which was announced Tuesday by the league office.
This is the second time Leonard has earned the the honor and the first for Smith. Smith was an honorable mention selection in 2013.
Leonard, a finanance major, owns a 3.72 GPA. He was named All-MAC First Team for the third straight season. Leonard helped the Cardinals claim their 22nd MAC title and automatic berth to the NCAA Championships after their 4-3 win over Buffalo in the league tournament. Leonard competed at the No. 1 singles and doubles positions ending the year with an overall dual match record of 10-14.
Smith recently graduated from Ball State in May with 3.56 GPA in biology. After helping the Cardinals win the 2014 MAC Tournament for the first time since 2011, Smith was named to the All-MAC Tournament team and was awarded the 2014 MAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. Smith ended the season with a 15-10 dual match mark and played at No. 1 doubles with Leonard.
Ball State ended its season at the 2014 NCAA Championships after suffering a 4-0 loss to No. 12 Illinois, May 6. Ball State has participated in the MAC for the last 33 years, claiming 38 regular season and or tournament championships. Since the MAC tournament format started in 1997, the Cardinals have won it seven times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2014).
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2014 Men’s Tennis Academic All-MAC Team
^Ray Leonard, Ball State, Junior, Finance, 3.72 GPA, Bloomington, Ind.
Austin Smith, Ball State, Senior, Biology, 3.56 GPA, Columbus, Ohio
Damien David, Buffalo, Junior, Civil Engineering, 3.28 GPA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
^#Dor Amir, Northern Illinois, Junior, Finance, 3.38 GPA, Tel Aviv, Israel
^Frederic Cadieux, Northern Illinois, Junior, Business, 3.83 GPA, Verdun, Quebec, Canada
Simon Formont, Northern Illinois, Sophomore, Finance, 3.83 GPA, Orleans, France
Ben Brocker, Toledo, Senior, Chemistry, 3.90 GPA, Poland, Ohio
Andrew Cahn, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 3.64 GPA, Pre-Business, West Bloomfield, Mich.
Ruben Greiner, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 3.83 GPA, Business Marketing, Weisbaden, Germany
^*Nadin Indre, Western Michigan, Senior, Computer Information Systems, 3.53 GPA, Satu Mare, Romania
^2013 Academic All-MAC Team
*2012 Academic All-MAC Team
#2012 Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention
2014 Honorable Mention:
Sergio Arevalillo, Buffalo
Jovan Zeljkovic, Northern Illinois
Ryan Jorgensen, Toledo
Jimmy Beckwith, Western Michigan
Michael Treis, Western Michigan