BOONE, N.C. – Three Appalachian State student-athletes have been named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, announced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Blake Carter of men’s tennis, Nick Hough of men’s basketball and Maria Jose Zacarias of women’s tennis were honored with the award.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.’s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.
Carter, a sophomore, saw action at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles for the Black and Gold, while also appearing in two doubles matches during the 2018-19 campaign. The Raleigh, N.C. native posted three singles wins, all in straight sets.
Hough, who recently graduated from App State and hails from Harrisburg, N.C., played in a career-high nine games during the 2018-19 season for the Mountaineers. He posted five points on two different occasions and finished with four points, three rebounds and an assist on Nov. 26 against Winston-Salem State.
Jose Zacarias, a sophomore from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, recorded eight singles wins for the Mountaineers at the No. 2 and No. 3 position during the 2018-19 season. She teamed with Heidi Swope to post nine wins at the No. 1 doubles spot and help the Mountaineers capture the Sun Belt regular season title.