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Lenoir-Rhyne Atkinson Named SAC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete Of The Year
Rhodri Atkinson becomes the second Bear in this spring season to earn the SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, joining men's golf's Matthew Raybould.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Atkinson Named SAC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Rhodri Atkinson was voted the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced today.

The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the Conference’s championship sports, and is voted on by the SAC’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee. The winners are selected based on their achievements in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.

Atkinson, a senior from Gloucester, England, has earned a 3.57 GPA while majoring in business management and finance. He is a two-time Lenoir-Rhyne Dean’s List honoree, a Lenoir-Rhyne President’s List selection, and a two-time member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor. He was named to the ITA All-Academic Team and is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.

“Rhodri has always led by example, whether on the court or in the classroom,” said Lenoir-Rhyne head men’s tennis coach Erik Scanlan. “We are extremely proud of him for all of his accomplishments during his career here at Lenoir-Rhyne.”

The 2021 SAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, Atkinson is a three-time All-SAC selection in both singles and doubles. The three-time team captain led the Bears to a No. 29 national ranking, and he was ranked nationally for singles (No. 39), finishing the 2022 season with a 14-4 No. 1 singles record and a 16-4 No. 1 doubles record.

In addition to his success on the tennis court and in the classroom, Atkinson was also very active in the Lenoir-Rhyne community. He volunteered at the Hickory YMCA, was a Catawba County Special Olympics volunteer, and he participated in the Gloucester Foodbank Charity Run where he ran a half marathon and raised more than $1,500 for his local community foodbank.