Stetson freshman Simon Julin was honored with a spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Southeast Regional Rankings on January 3. He became the first player in Stetson history to be ranked regionally after just one semester of competition.
"Simon had a great fall and it is well deserved," Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote said of the accolades. "Unfortunately he missed our first tournament while waiting to be cleared by the NCAA eligibility center. I believe that he would have made it into the national rankings if he could have played our full schedule of events.
"When you become the first to accomplish anything in program history, it is significant," Pilote continued. "We have had numerous nationally and regionally ranked players in the past but none after their first semester of action."
Julin went 6-1 this fall in his first collegiate action, and was recognized for his play with a ranking of 14 in the Southeast. The freshman was joined on the list of 20 by Atlantic Sun Conference competitor Moritz Buerchner of North Florida.
Julin and the Stetson men's tennis team begins play in 2013 at home against St. John's on January 24.