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2013-05-20 ONU seniors named to NAIA All-American status, Kurz first 1st-Team selection in program's history
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Kurz was named to all-American status for the third straight season

ONU seniors named to NAIA All-American status, Kurz first 1st-Team selection in program's history

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2013 NAIA Men's Tennis All-Americans. Players were selected by the All-America committee. The list of honorees includes 16 student-athletes on each of the first and second teams, plus 16 honorable mentions.  

Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis player senior Julian Kurz (Stuttgart, Germany) has been named an NAIA First Team All-American, and senior Diego Gonsalvez (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) was named an honorable mention selection, each for the first time.

Kurz and Gonsalvez helped the Tigers to a 11-13 overall record and 4-1 tally in CCAC play. ONU finished 21st in the NAIA Top 25 poll, CCAC Tournament champions. They led Olivet to the NAIA National Championships for the 11th consecutive year in which Kurz won his singles’ match against No. 13-ranked William Carey University (Miss.).

Kurz was named to the All-CCAC Singles and Doubles Teams. In addition, he was honored as the NAIA-ITA East Senior Regional Player of the Year. He was 23-7 in singles play and 22-8 in doubles play. During conference play, he did not lose a match. He is currently ranked by the ITA: 10th nationally in singles and sixth in doubles. He was also named the CCAC Player of the week on March 13 and April 17, 2013.

Kurz was named a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American in 2011 and 2012, All-CCAC Singles selection in 2012 and NCCAA First Team Doubles All-American in 2011.

Gonsalvez was named to the All-CCAC Singles and Doubles teams. In addition, he was named the CCAC Player of the Year and was named to the All-CCAC Singles and Doubles teams in 2012. He is 16-12 in singles play and 22-9 in doubles play this season. During conference play, he did not lose a match in singles or doubles. He is currently ranked by the ITA: 46th nationally in singles, sixth nationally in doubles. Gonsalvez was named CCAC Player of the Week on May 2, and also won his 100th career match on April 17, 2013.