SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Spring Arbor University men’s tennis player Michael Darling (Spring Arbor, MI / Western HS) has been named to the 2015 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American Second Team, as announced by the national office.
Darling played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, with teammate Jesse DeBoer, all season to anchor the Cougar lineup. The senior from Spring Arbor, Michigan won six out of his final eight matches to lead SAU to three victories in the team’s last four matches of the year. For his efforts during that span, Darling was also recognized as the Crossroads League Player of the Week.
“This is a great honor for Michael as a culmination of his tennis career,” said head coach Terry Darling. “He kept getting better all year at the No. 1 position in singles and doubles. He also provided great leadership on the team and reflected Christian character on and off the court.”
In addition to his All-American selection, Darling was one of four Spring Arbor student-athletes to earn NCCAA Scholar-Athlete status. Also receiving this prestigious award were Andrew Fitzpatrick, John Hall and Tony Mayotte.
All recipients of the NCCAA Scholar-Athlete award are of junior or senior academic status and have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.