May 17, 2013

Blocher Earns Capital One Academic All-District Honors

Written by Sean Dahlin

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Sophomore Brian Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) of the Southern Virginia University men's tennis team was named today to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

"This is a big step in Southern Virginia men's tennis to have Brian win this award," said fifth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "This honor plus he and Timothy [Birch] being named to the All-Academic team a few days ago are firsts for our program."

The all-district teams are divided into eight districts and are separated by NCAA Divisions I, II, III and College Division—including NAIA, two-year and independent institutions. To be recognized, one must have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and serve as a key contributor to the team. 

Blocher was selected from District One—comprised of colleges and universities from 16 different states ranging from Maine to North Carolina. He will also be considered for the Capital One Academic All-American Team to be announced in early June. 

In addition to his success in the classroom, the second-year Southern Virginia member had a solid 2012-13 campaign helping the Knights to a 7-8 team record this season. Blocher finished with an overall 7-7 mark in singles competition, including a 6-2 record at the No. 3 position while going 6-8 in doubles play. 

In his rookie year, Blocher was 8-6 in singles matches as a freshman for a 2011-12 squad that finished 15-1, which not only set the mark for best record in program history but also the best single-season winning percentage (.938) of any athletic team in Southern Virginia history. 

Blocher is the first academic all-district selection in men's tennis program history.