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Bechtel and Beiler Earn Northwestern Mutual Academic Honor
FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Athletics has named junior women's tennis player Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) and freshman men’s tennis player Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS) as the recipients of the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athletes of the Month award for the month of April.
Each month, the FGCU Sports Information Department and Athletic Academic staff will choose an Eagle as the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athlete of the Month. Factors in the selection for this honor will be a combination of superior athletic and overall academic success.
Bechtel won two matches in April to help the Eagles earn the No. 3 seed in their first-ever A-Sun Tournament and reached the semifinals losing to host ETSU. She was second on the team with ten dual match wins and tied for the team lead with a 6-3 A-Sun record. Bechtel, who owns a 3.75 GPA in resort & hospitality management, earned a spot on the A-Sun Academic All-Conference team.
Beiler had a solid freshman season, finishing with a 7-9 dual match record and a 5-4 record in A-Sun action at No. 6 singles. He earned victories against Alexander Pena (Kennesaw State), Victor Dias (Mercer), Matt Hansen (Jacksonville), Timo Kranz (UNF) and Belmont’s Bruno Silva during the conference season. The freshman, who holds a 3.59 GPA, helped FGCU earn their first-ever A-Sun Tournament berth after a 4-3 dramatic comeback victory against Belmont on the last day of the regular season. With his teammate Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS), became the first FGCU men’s tennis players to be named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen Team.
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