The AlphaGraphics Armstrong Student-Athlete of the Month for October 2014 is senior men's tennis player Fernando Bogajo.
AlphaGraphics and the Armstrong athletic department are teaming up to honor one student-athlete each month that best represents the Pirates' drive to succeed on the field and in the classroom. The Pirates have won the Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup three straight years and the Presidential Academic Award the last two years and success can not happen without the efforts of our outstanding student-athletes.
A native of Malaga, Spain, Bogajo currently carries a 2.90 GPA in business economics. After sitting out the spring semester for the Pirates, Bogajo finally got the chance to compete for the Pirates this Fall, competing in the USTA/ITA's Regional and Small College National Championships.
Bogajo won the Division II singles bracket at the Small College National Championships, defeating Lewis University's Armand Levandi, 6-1, 6-4, for the bracket championship. That put him into the "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis, pitting the winner of the DII bracket up against the winners of the Division III, NAIA and Junior College brackets. Bogajo defeated Guy Iradukunda of Seminole State, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, then downed defending "Super Bowl" champion Deni Zmak of Embry-Riddle, 7-6 (3), 7-5, to become the first Armstrong men's tennis player to capture the title.
With the win, Bogajo earned a wild card entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships on Nov. 6-9 in Flushing, N.Y. He will be the only non-Division I opponent in the field and his first match takes place on Thursday, facing sixth-seeded Axel Alvarez Llamas of Oklahoma at 11:30 a.m.
Check out the video interview with Bogajo on his honor and the upcoming USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships and stay tuned to armstrongpirates.com as we honor another outstanding Student-Athlete of the Month coming up for November !