Greenwood natives and current University of the Ozarks tennis players Bishop Bass and Mollie Grace Wilkinson received All-Conference honors from American Southwest Conference.
Bass, a sophomore, earned All-Conference Second Team honors at No. 2 singles. Bass posted the most wins (14) at No. 2 singles in the ASC and tied for the most singles wins overall. At No. 1 doubles, finished second in the ASC in wins (14). Bass began the season winning seven straight singles and doubles matches and finished with a 14-2 record in each. He was named ASC Player of the Week twice this season. Bass has 26 career singles wins and 25 career doubles wins. He won ASC Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-Conference honors in singles a year ago.
Wilkinson, a sophomore, received Honorable Mention All-Conference at No. 3 doubles.
Wilkinson posted a 9-8 doubles record, playing mostly at the No. 3 position. Her nine doubles wins were third-most in the ASC. She ended the season with a 7-10 singles record.
Bishop Bass was also named the 2012-2013 University of the Ozarks Male Athlete of the Year, it was announced last week at the annual athletic banquet.
The Athlete of the Year award is given to a student-athlete who displays outstanding athletic accomplishments, combined with academic excellence and superior career credentials. The award is voted on by the university’s athletic staff.
Bass, a tennis player, produced the best season in program history since Ozarks joined NCAA Division III. Bass posted a 14-2 singles and doubles record, the most wins in school history, and led Ozarks to its first-ever regional-ranking (No. 16) from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound sophomore also helped the team to its best season with a 12-4 mark. Bass earned a spot on the All-Conference Team this season and was named ASC Player of the Week twice. He posted the most wins at No. 2 singles in the ASC and tied for the most singles wins overall. At No. 1 doubles, he and Todd Turner finished second in the ASC in wins. Bass began the season winning seven straight singles and doubles matches and now owns 26 career singles wins and 25 career doubles wins.
He is on the ASC All-Academic Team this season and is a two-time member of the ITA Scholar-Athlete Team. He is a management/administration major and the son of Mike and Judy Bass.
“He is very good academically and athletically,” said athletic director Jimmy Clark. “He was Freshman of the Year last year and has been good the day he set foot on campus. Bishop is very athletic and displays a fearless competitive mindset. He is a well-round individual, the type of student-athlete any coach would want in their program.”