Friday, June 21, 2019

Men's Tennis: Prairie Stars’ Clarke honored by GLVC

University of Illinois Springfield senior Sam Clarke has been named the 2018-19 Great Lakes Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete for men’s tennis.

Clarke, who is from Kendall, England, is the first UIS student-athlete to receive the award.

It is given to one individual in each GLVC sport for their effort in the classroom and athletic competition. 

Clark finished as the Prairie Stars’ career wins leader in the NCAA era with 127. Thirty-seven of them came in singles play the last two seasons, when he won more than 75 percent of his matches.

Clarke finished with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.91, earning a degree in Business Administration. He was a second-team Academic All-American, making him the first male athlete at UIS to earn the honor. Clark also earned four GLVC Academic All-Conference honors and two Brother James Gaffney FSC Distinguished Scholar awards, and he received the GLVC Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on June 21, 2019.

Read the entire article online.