Stockton, Calif. – Senior men's tennis player Sem Verbeek has been selected as the Tigers' Competitor of the Month for January. Only nine student-athletes earn the distinction every year in Pacific Athletics and Verbeek is the fifth to garner the award during the 2015-16 academic year. The Competitor of the Month award is given each month to a Pacific athlete who demonstrates unusual or remarkable competitive effort, focus, and discipline.
Sem had a standout January and led Pacific Men’s Tennis into the national spot light by helping get the team in the published top 75, pre-season picked 3rd in WCC, and helped the team defeat #41 New Mexico and Pac-12 Arizona.
Sem individually had very strong results that has him on the verge of a top-50 ranking in both singles and doubles. Sem's remarkable month included wins over two players in the top 40 and a win over the No. 8 doubles team in the country from #41 New Mexico State. The day before, Sem and his partner Jose Chamba were up 6-5 on the current No. 2 team in the country but saw the match go unfinished as the Tigers took the doubles points with wins at the 2nd and 3rd positions.
"Sem is the type of person that every coach dreams of having," said head coach Ryan Redondo. "He is one of the best players in the country, has a 3.94 GPA, a vocal and visual leader, and the hardest worker on the team to go with his extreme talent."