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Top student-athlete receives several national honors

Robin Möller, summer ’19, of Hamburg, Germany, continues to rake in honors for his work on and off the court. 

He received top national honors. He was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-American Third Team by the College of Sports Information Directors Association June 20, 2019—the first Academic All-American in Georgia College Men’s Tennis history. Möller also received the National Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award—the second Ashe Award winner in GC tennis history. The exercise science senior, who attained a 3.94 GPA, ranks third in the nation for doubles and placed 18th for singles. When playing doubles, he teamed with Matt Rogel from Sautron, France, for a 16-3 record. 

Möller came to Georgia College for his junior and senior years after talking to a fellow student who studied here. 

“He told me Georgia College is super nice, the atmosphere is great and the people are amazing,” he said. “There was another German student on the tennis team, so I talked to him and then the coach. Right from the first second, I knew I wanted to go to Georgia College for my last two years, even though there were other schools I could have gone to.”

This summer Möller coaches tennis and gives practice lessons for his internship in Hanover, Germany, which will complete his degree. 

As a child, MölIer played tennis, soccer and handball. He enjoyed sports so much that he pursued a degree in exercise science. 

“All the professors in the exercise science department helped me a lot since it wasn’t always easy to speak the language,” Möller said. “I saw Dr. Grazer, our assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach, everyday. We worked on fitness conditioning a lot in the gym. I actually learned a good bit from him. It was amazing.” 

Möller credits his success to his team saying depend on each other when playing tennis.  

“You have to be disciplined and work hard to get things done,” he said. “We had a great team. When we were practicing it was good to know there were other people out there who are doing the same thing. So, that helped me.”

Staying focused during matches is something Möller worked diligently at.

“When I’m playing, I’m not actually feeling a lot of emotions,” he said. “When you’re thinking too much, it can get really complicated, and I don’t really play the shots I should. So, when I play tennis, I clear my mind, so I stay focused on the game. I’m just playing one point after the next.”

Möller’s experience at Georgia College was enlightening.

“In school, my goal was to have good grades. I wanted to learn more so, I became more and more interested in what I was studying, and the professors really helped me,” he said. “Overall the experience I had at Georgia College was great. I’m very thankful for that.”

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