June 3, 2013

Blocher Named to Capital One Academic All-America Team

Written by Sean Dahlin

TOWSON, Md.—To follow up his Academic All-District selection a few weeks ago, sophomore Brian Blocher (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) of the Southern Virginia University men's tennis team was named today to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Men's At-Large Third Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

"I'm very proud of Brian for earning such a nationally-recognized academic honor," said fifth-year Head Coach Tony Caputo. "He is a prime example of what a scholar-athlete at Southern Virginia [University] should strive for."

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a scholar-athlete must serve as a key contributor to the squad and maintain at least a cumulative 3.3 grade point average. The All-America teams are separated by NCAA Divisions I, II, III and the College Division—which is comprised of NAIA, two-year and independent institutions.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 scholar-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and the NAIA.

Blocher had a solid 2012-13 campaign helping the Knights to a 7-8 team record this season. The second-year Knight finished with an overall 7-7 mark in singles competition, including a 6-2 record at the No. 3 position.

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. 

In addition to becoming the first academic all-district selection in men's tennis history, Blocher is the third Knight to be nominated to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America team—brothers Chris and Bryce Pendleton earned first and second team honors in 2007-08 and 2008-09 respectively.