SURPRISE, Ariz. – Lander men's tennis junior Eirik Groner was named the recipient of the Elite 90 Award for the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championship. Groner became the second Lander student-athlete to win the award since its inception in 2009.
The award, which was founded by the NCAA, honors the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
Groner holds a 4.00 cumulative grade point average while majoring in business. He was presented the award during the Tennis Championships banquet on Monday night. On the court, Groner holds a 14-3 singles record and a 19-4 mark in doubles play.
Groner joins Diego Zegarra (men's tennis, 2015) as the only Bearcat athletes to be recognized with the honor.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team and a designated member of the squad size at the championship.
Groner is slated to be in the lineup for the No. 4 Bearcats as they face Washburn Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the NCAA Championships Round of 16.