Abdelnour Earns CoSIDA Academic All-District
May 29, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Fresh off of his final season with the Fighting Illini, senior Bruno Abdelnour earned his second consecutive Capital One Academic All-District award for NCAA Division I District Five schools. The awards are voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Aleppo, Syria native maintained his 3.96 GPA in Mechanical Engineering.
Abdelnour went 12-13 overall in his final year, 3-3 in the Big Ten Conference and 5-3 in dual matches at the No. 3 singles position. Thus, Abdelnour wraps his four years in the Orange and Blue with 60 career singles and 31 career doubles victories. Bruno delivered key wins in both the team upsets over No. 5 Duke and No. 7 Kentucky. The senior unfortunately missed his final postseason run after breaking his arm in practice right before NCAA Regionals.
Academically, Abdelnour continued to be a shining example, once again taking home the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award for highest GPA amongst all male Illini senior athletes. Bruno was also just announced as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. In addition, last season Abdelnour garnered the NCAA's Elite 89 Award for posting the highest GPA amongst all sophomores, juniors and seniors in the NCAA round of 16.
District Five includes universities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. In order to be considered for the All-District team, athletes must be in their second year academically, have a minimum 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a regular contributor to their team. CoSIDA members serving schools in each district vote on the winners.