May 13, 2010
CLEVELAND - Less than one week after graduating with his bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois, Huskie men's tennis captain Javier Bernabe was named to the Academic All-MAC team, the league office announced Wednesday. Bernabe has been named to the squad in each of the past three seasons.
Bernabe, who also earned the Jack Vredevelt Sportsmanship Award from the MAC's head coaches following the conclusion of the conference tournament, completed his degree in finance last Saturday, graduating with a 3.37 grade-point-average. He plans on attending graduate school at NIU next fall.
"As I've said before, Javier is exactly the type of player we want to have in our program, specifically from a character standpoint," said head men's tennis coach Patrick Fisher. "He works extremely hard in the classroom, and has dedicated himself to being a leader on and off the court. Javier's leadership is going to pay dividends in our program down the road, because our new guys really fed off him this year, and learned a lot."
Bernabe, who was a 2009 second-team All-MAC selection, finished his career with 59 singles wins, and served as a two-year team captain.