HARRISONBURG, Va., April 22, 2013 – Two James Madison men’s tennis seniors were recognized as finalists for JMU’s top athletic honors on Monday evening at the annual student-athlete awards banquet. Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar (Chattanooga)) was named a finalist for the Male Athlete of the Year award and Greg Vladimirsky (Staten Island, N.Y./Broward Virtual) was a finalist for the Gary ’81 & Fredericka (Cookie) McCollum JMU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Pool earned All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team honors for his singles play this season. He compiled a 24-8 overall record, including 13-6 in spring duals and 4-1 against conference opponents, to help lead the Dukes to their first appearance in the CAA semifinals since 2001. For his career at JMU, he posted a 63-28 (.692) record in singles matches. He also earned All-CAA Second Team doubles honors with teammate Robert Stirling (Caboolture, Australia/St. Columbans College) after going 16-11 as a duo this year.
Vladimirsky was named to the 2013 All-CAA Third Team for singles play this year after notching a 10-9 record this spring, including a 4-1 record against league foes. He won seven of his last nine matches in a JMU uniform and finished his career at 68-49 (.581) overall in singles competition. In 2011, Vladimirsky also tallied JMU Athletic-Director Scholar-Athlete honors.
For Male Athlete of the Year, Pool was a finalist alongside Devon Moore (men’s basketball), Earl Watford (football) and Paul Wyatt (men’s soccer), who took home the honor. Vladimirsky was recognized with Rich Leeper (men’s golf), Tyler Snow (football) and Adam Bastidas (men’s soccer) for the Male Scholar-Athlete of Year honor. Bastidas won the award.