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Janosch Apelt and Jochem Heofnagels combined for one of the most formidable doubles teams in the NAIA.

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June 4, 2012
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- Janosch Apelt and Jochem Hoefnagels teamed up for 19 doubles wins and went a combined 32-12 in singles play to earn NAIA first team All-American distinctions. The two followed that up with another impressive performance, earning Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large honors for their work in the classroom.

Apelt, a four-time NAIA All-American, was named to the first team after the international business major held down a 3.62 GPA. He finished the year as the ITA/NAIA’s 4th ranked player and was 14-7 at No. 1 singles, winning six matches over first team All-Americans.

Hoefnagels opened the season with a 21-0 record, losing his only match of the season in the NAIA quarterfinals against Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.). The junior from Asten, Netherlands finished the year with a 21-1 mark and put up a 3.67 GPA as a business/marketing major, good for second team honors.

“It’s always good to have great student athletes. That’s one of the things we’ve really tried to implement in the program. It takes more time in recruiting but it’s nice when they get awards like this. It’s good for the school and for the program,” said head coach Mark Bohren.

Candidates for the Capital One Academic All-America program are selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) based on a combination of athletic and academic performance.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.