LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell sophomore Nick Bybel been one of the most dominant players in the Patriot League for his first two seasons on the courts, but on Monday afternoon the men’s tennis player was recognized for his ability to combine academic and athletic achievement when he was selected to the six-member Academic All-Patriot League team.
Bybel, who is in his first year of eligibility for the conference’s academic honors, was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and selected to the All-Patriot League first team at the conclusion of last season and has continued his winning ways as a sophomore. He played to a 26-9 record in singles action, breaking the program’s record for single-season victories, and also compiled a 16-9 record in doubles. In dual play, he went 14-4 at No. 1 singles and combined with senior Aidan Lynch to go 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. The sophomore did not lose a Patriot League singles match all season.
At the end of the 2013-14 campaign, Bybel had won eight straight at No. 1 singles, and had also shot up the all-time charts in all three career categories after only two seasons in the orange and blue. The sophomore is now tied for 17th in all-time singles victories (48-18), ranks 19th in all-time victories (82-40) and is 25th in all-time doubles victories (34-22).
Academically, the economics major has maintained an impressive 3.31 GPA and earned a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a freshman.
Bybel was joined on this year’s Academic All-Patriot League team in men’s tennis by Scholar-Athlete of the Year Alex Van Velzer (Army), Harrison McCormick (Army), Brian Pinkard (Lafayette), Mitchell Petersen (Lehigh) and Connor Pietrak (Loyola).