CORPUS CHRISTI – Senior Nathan Robinson of the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's tennis team has been selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team in District 7, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced today. Robinson, who was recently awarded the F.L. Robinson Postgraduate Scholarship from the Southland Conference, is the league's lone representative on the team.
"This is yet another well-deserved honor for Nathan," Director of Tennis Steve Moore said. "I've talked at length about his excellence both as a student and as an athlete, but no amount of praise is too much when it comes to him. He is as fine a young man as you will find in college athletics today, and we couldn't be prouder that he is an Islander.
"He is such a great example of what I hope this team will always stand for," Moore added. "And that is how far extreme hard work and tenacity of purpose can carry both an individual and a team. I'll be talking about Nathan to future Islanders for years and years to come."
The At-Large Teams consist of nominees from college athletes who compete in tennis, golf, swimming, wrestling, skiing, ice hockey, lacrosse, gymnastics, fencing, field hockey and water polo. District 7 is comprised of student-athletes from schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
A finance/economics major, Robinson holds a sparkling 3.96 grade point average in his three years at the Island University. In the spring of 2011, he was honored with the Dr. Robert McMinn Economics Award for holding the highest GPA of all juniors majoring in economics. He plans to attend the University of Texas for his postgraduate work, in search of a master's degree in economics.
Robinson has been named to the Dean's List in each semester at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and served as the President of the Islanders' Student-Athlete Advisory Council in 2010-11, where he helped spearhead community service efforts such as the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, the Halloween Carnival to benefit the Corpus Christi Boys and Girls Club and Samaritan's Feet, which supplies shoes to underprivileged youths throughout the world.
Robinson was named the school's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet on April 30, 2012, and was also named the tennis team's Most Improved Player in leading the Islanders to their fifth straight regular season Southland title.
On the court, Robinson was a key player for the Islanders in his senior season, playing anywhere from No. 3 to No. 6. He went 11-7 on the year, including a 3-2 mark in league play and a 4-3 mark when playing at the No. 3 position. In doubles, he played with four different partners during the year, going 8-9 in all.
In his career, the Abilene, Texas, native went 22-16 in singles, battling an injury that limited him to just three matches as a junior. In 2010, he was named Southland Newcomer of the Year after posting a 10-7 mark in his first year with the Islanders. He also played one year at Tyler Junior College, where he helped the team to a 19-4 record.
The Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.