TOWSON, Md. -- Recently graduated Bates men's tennis player Matt Bettles received the selective honor of CoSIDA Academic All-America on Tuesday, as the College Sports Information Directors of America announced the Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Teams.
Bettles (Taunton, England) becomes the 16th CoSIDA Academic All-American in the history of Bates athletics, the first since women's track and field's Izzy Alexander '09 in 2009, and the first male since baseball's Peter Carr '91 in 1990. He is also Bates' first tennis player to receive the honor.
In May, Bettles was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2012-13 Men's At-Large Team for NCAA Division III's District 1, putting him on the ballot for the national honor.
Bettles has won many awards for his tennis prowess while at Bates, including three All-America and eight All-NESCAC honors. Bettles was inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society on May 24, and he is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection as well. He graduated with a sparkling 3.67 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in English. The title of his honors thesis is "Did Anything Change? The Consistency of Satire's Locality Throughout the Twentieth Century."
Bettles made his third trip to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships in late May, teaming up with senior Rob Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) to win All-America honors for the second straight year. They finished the year 22-6, including tournament play, with a 13-4 mark in dual matches. Bettles was also 15-9 overall in singles play, including a 10-6 mark in dual matches, most often as Bates' No. 2 singles competitor. He won his first career All-America award as a singles player in 2011.
Bettles was named to the second of three men's Division III Academic All-America teams, each of which has 15 student-athletes on it. The "at-large" designation groups together sports that perhaps aren't as widely played as other collegiate athletic programs. Other sports represented on the second team include swimming, golf, wrestling and ice hockey.