While at the NCCAA National Tennis Tournament last week in Mobile, Alabama, two individuals on the CCC men's tennis team were honored with two prestigious awards. Senior Nathan Vanderhoof, for the second year in a row was as NCCAA Ministry Award recipient. The award is given to those tennis players who display excellence on the court, but are also dedicated ministering to others off of the court. Nathan serves his local church faithfully each Wednesday in their "Patch" program for elementary students. Nathan is the leader for the 1st -3rd grade boys.
Sophomore Mark Gayer was also honored at the tournament banquet on Monday night. Gayer was named to the NCCAA's All-American 2nd Team. Gayer was one of 24 NCCAA tennis players in the country to be named to the All-American team. Mark is the Tigers' #1 singles player and then teamed up with Ivory Washington to play #1 doubles. He was 13-4 in singles at the #1 position, and was 11-6 in doubles.
"I am extremely proud of both of these guys. They are both very deserving of the honors they received from the NCCAA. They are both quality athletes, but more importantly they are young men of high character and integrity. They are the embodiment of the type of student athlete we are looking for here at Central Christian College."
Both Mark and Nathan are from McPherson, KS. Nathan is the son of Dale and Becky Vanderhoof, and Mark is the son of Doug and Tamara Gayer. Nathan will graduate from CCC on Saturday with a Sports Management degree while Mark has two more years as a Tiger to win a bunch more matches, and garner a few more awards.