Tusculum women's tennis standout Franziska Funke has been named the Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month for April.
Funke, a junior from Bochum, Germany, went 9-1 in singles and 8-2 in doubles as the Pioneers won the fourth SAC Women's Tennis Tournament championship in school history by winning three matches in three days. Playing at number-two singles, Funke finished the month with nine straight victories without losing a set, including tiebreaker wins in both the SAC semifinal and championship matches. At number-one doubles, Funke and Katarina Majorova went undefeated in the SAC Tournament after finishing the regular season with wins in five of their final six regular-season matches.
Funke was named first-team All-SAC in both singles and doubles and was honored as the Tusculum Female Student-Athlete of the Year after finishing the season with an 18-9 record in singles and 21-7 in doubles, bringing her three-year singles record to 54-11.
The Tusculum College Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville. The Applebee’s Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2016-2017 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.