Nebraska Wesleyan University senior tennis player Nate Anderson has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Anderson was named to the Academic All-America® Third-Team in the college division.
Anderson (Fremont, Neb.) graduated from NWU in May with a 3.87 GPA with a biochemistry and molecular biology major. He becomes just the second male tennis player in NWU history to earn Academic All-America® honors (Bryan Danforth, 2002).
Anderson was an All-GPAC selection this year at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles. He was 14-7 in singles and 14-6 in doubles matches as a senior. During his career he earned six All-GPAC awards and one honorable mention All-Conference award.
He finished his career with 65 doubles victories to set a new school career record. His 56 singles victories rank fourth all-time in NWU history.
Nebraska Wesleyan University now has had 64 student-athletes earn 101 Academic All-America® awards. NWU ranks 12th among all schools in all divisions in the number of Academic All-Americans.
The Men’s At-Large program for the Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Student-athletes must meet four criteria to earn ESPN the Magazine Academic All- America® honors: 1) must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better, 2) must have at least two terms of attendance at the institution, 3) must be at least a sophomore in athletic eligibility, 4) must be a starter or key reserve in their respective sport.