KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Roo tennis student-athlete Ben Stride was honored with a mention on the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Second Team, announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This awards program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom.
“This award epitomizes who Ben Stride is as a student athlete,” said head coach Kendell Hale, who recently completed his 11th season at Kansas City. “He is one of those guys that knows what he wants and has the competitive drive to reach his goals on and off the court. I couldn't be more proud of his accomplishment!”
Stride is the first Roo athlete to claim this prestigious honor since track and field star Courtney Frerichs notched a First Team nod in 2015. Additionally, the Bognor Regis, England, native is the first-ever Roo tennis player to be named Academic All-American.
With a perfect 4.0 GPA double majoring in Environmental & Urban Geosciences, Stride went 16-4 in singles play this year, mainly coming from the No. 3 spot (11-2). After transferring from Drake University prior to the 2018 season, he teamed up with doubles partner Diego Giraldo this year to record a 16-4 mark. Stride was named to the 2019 All-WAC Tournament Team in both singles and doubles play. He helped the Roos advance to the conference semifinals and finish the year winning four-straight individual matches.
Stride’s accomplishment pushes the Roos all-time total to 14 Academic All-Americans. He was eligible for this award after being listed on the Google Cloud Academic All-District 6 Men’s At-Large Team on May 17.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes outstanding student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. NCAA Division I has eight districts for the At-Large Teams. The At-Large teams include sports in tennis, swimming, ice hockey, fencing, lacrosse, gymnastics, rifle, golf, wrestling, men’s volleyball, water polo, skiing and fencing.