KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Friday morning that Spring Hill College women's tennis players Shelby Fritscher and Monica Castello have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Fritscher, a senior from Covington, La., is a Secondary Education and Social Sciences major and appeared in over 50 singles matches and more than 45 doubles matches during her four-year career at SHC usually on the No. 1 court. She also won the award last year as a junior.
Castello, a junior Nursing major from UMS-Wright in Mobile, earned a walk on spot to the Badger team as a sophomore and spent the 2013 season on the No. 2 Doubles court and the No. 4 Singles court.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 159 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year a total of 119 women's tennis players were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.