OKLAHOMA CITY (June 4, 2012) - Oklahoma Christian men's tennis players Renardy Guelfi and Martin Poboril were named Monday to the first-team College Division list on the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Guelfi, a senior from Joinville, Brazil, and Poboril, a junior from Pribram, Czech Republic, are the first two OC men's tennis players ever to be selected to the first-team Academic All-America list.
Only nine OC athletes have earned first-team Academic All-America honors: Poboril, Guelfi, Kim Golden (women's basketball, 1991), Luke Anderson (men's track, 2000 and 2001), Gabriela Lancman (women's tennis, 2001), Blake Blackwell (men's cross country, 2002, and men's track, 2003), Kristin Brown (women's soccer, 2006 and 2007), Adam Barnes (men's soccer, 2007) and Katy Clift (women's basketball, 2012).
The College Division Academic All-America teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. The At-Large category includes student-athletes who participated in tennis, golf, ice hockey, volleyball, wrestling, swimming, bowling, lacrosse and crew, among other sports.
The teams are selected based on a combination of academic and athletic accomplishment. The 15 student-athletes on the first-team list had an average grade-point average of 3.77.
Guelfi and Poboril helped OC win this year's NAIA championship, the second in the program's history. Poboril earned NAIA All-America first-team honors for the third straight year, while Guelfi became a four-time NAIA All-America pick after making this year's honorable mention list.
Guelfi, an international business major, has a 3.56 GPA in international business. He went 18-3 in singles play and 13-7 in doubles this season. He was No. 42 in singles and No. 14 in doubles in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA rankings. He also was named as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
As a junior, Guelfi received the ITA's NAIA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Central Region Award.
Poboril, an information systems major, has a 3.40 GPA. He went 18-4 in singles and 17-5 in doubles for the Eagles. In the ITA NAIA rankings, he was No. 10 in singles and No. 6 in doubles. Last October, he and doubles partner Bruno Tiberti won a regional title to advance to ITA Small College Championships.
Poboril and Guelfi are two of five OC athletes during the 2011-12 academic year to receive Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA. Clift, Guelfi and Poboril made their respective first-team lists, while women's tennis player Lucie Sipkova and men's soccer player Trey Boykin both made their respective second-team lists.
There's a chance that number could increase, as nine OC track and field student-athletes are up for consideration for Academic All-America honors in that sport.