MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Auburn Montgomery sophomore tennis player Nicolas Pinones-Haltenhoff was named the eighth recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2012-13 school year on Thursday, for his efforts both on and off the court.
The award adds to Pinones-Haltenhoff's impressive list of accomplishments this season. He has already been named a two-time Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and he also recently named the NAIA player of the week for the first time in his career.
"I would like to dedicate this to the memory of Coach Doc Dougherty, my #1 fan," Pinones-Haltenhoff said. "Thanks for your support and love. I hope you have a place for me in your lineup wherever you are, and that you keep an eye on me and on my games."
Pinones-Haltenhoff is currently 12-1 in both singles and doubles. He has a 6-1 singles record against nationally-ranked opponents, and he is 11-0 with current doubles partner Miguel Grifol. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranks the Barcelona, Spain, native as the No. 2 singles player in the NAIA, and he remains a part of the top-ranked doubles team with Tim Hewitt for the pair's efforts during the fall season.
"Nico brings a lot of leadership to our team," head coach Rolando Vargas said. "He brings intensity every time he steps on the court, whether it is in practice, during conditioning or in matches. He represents AUM tennis and himself with dignity, and he is a big factor in our men's team receiving the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA."
In addition to his athletic success, Pinones-Haltenhoff also has an impressive list of community service and academic accomplishments. Earlier in the semester, he joined his teammates in providing free tennis clinics to children at the local YMCA. In December, he participated in AUM and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office "Christmas for Kids Campaign" by donating a toy to local children and collecting gifts with the police at Walmart.
Academically, Pinones-Haltenhoff continues to maintain a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while majoring in biology. He was recently named to the Provost's Honor Roll at the AUM athletic department's honor roll breakfast.
Criteria for the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award includes being certified for eligibility and involved in participation of a varsity sport; performance on the field or court during the previous two weeks; contributions to the team's success through their individual leadership skills, their commitment to teamwork, their extra effort during practice and their demonstration of sportsmanship; and performance off the field of play, including academic success, character and exemplary community outreach.
Sophomore softball pitcher Cassie Daniels was also nominated for this week's award.