Freshman Marlu Jansen Van Vuuren earned the ninth Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award.
Men's Tennis - Mon. Feb. 27, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Auburn University at Montgomery freshman men's tennis standout Marlu Jansen Van Vuuren was selected the ninth recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2011-12 school year on Monday, for his efforts both on and off the court.
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.
Jansen Van Vuuren finished the two weeks of nomination 3-0 in singles play, winning all three matches in straight sets. The East London, South Africa, native opened the season with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over No. 7 West Florida's Mike Lue at the fifth position. He followed with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Emory's Eric Halpern at the No. 4 spot, before closing out the week with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Felipe Diaz of Jacksonville State.
"Marlu is a very respectful young man and has a great attitude every day," second-year head coach Rolando Vargas said. "He always carries himself in an admirable way and takes pride in positively representing AUM. He always shows good sportsmanship and has all the values included in the Champions of Character philosophy."
In addition to his success in matches, Jansen Van Vuuren and the men's tennis team has also been active in the community, working with top players from the junior circuit in Alabama. He is also driven in the classroom, where is he majoring in sports management.
Others nominated for the award included Haley Williams (Women's Basketball), Michael Dugan (Baseball) and Ana Veselinovic (Women's Tennis).