FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Athletics has named men’s tennis player Jordi Vives (San Sebastian, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada HS/USC) and volleyball player Whitney Masters (Selma, Indiana/Wapahani HS) as recipients of the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athletes of the Month Award for the month of October.
Each month, the FGCU Athletics Communications Office and Athletic Academic staff will choose a pair of Eagles as the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athlete of the Month. Those selected for the honor will have exhibited a combination of superior athletic and overall academic success.
Vives, who holds a 3.61 cumulative GPA, brought home both the singles and doubles titles at the FGCU fall invitational, clinching the singles for the second-straight year. Vives impressively made his way to the Singles Quarterfinals of the ITA Southeastern Regional Championships in Atlanta, Ga. by winning in the singles rounds of 64, 32 and 16.
Most recently, the San Sebastian, Spain native claimed the singles title at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic, a field littered with talented players from around the country. Outscoring his opponents 50-33, Vives spot in the finals didn’t come over a lack of competition. Playing underdog in a majority of his matches Vives claimed a victory over ITA No. 53 Leandro Toledo of Minnesota in the round of 16, No. 1 Virgina’s Luca Corinteli in the quarterfinal and ITA No. 111 Jason Tahir of Duke in the semifinals before ultimately defeating Princeton’s Zack McCourt in the final.
Masters carries a 3.88 cumulative GPA and helped lead the Eagles to a winning record in the month of October. The Nursing major played some of her best games on the defensive side, by posting four games with 20 digs or more while adding two games of five assists. The preseason A-Sun Libero of the Year’s performances on offense and defense helped spark the Eagles to a 7-4 record in the month of October.
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