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Mario Toledo Chosen for 2000 David Rowlands Award

Due to his unparalleled success on the tennis court, Georgia Perimeter Colleges' Mario Toledo was awarded the 2000 NJCAA David Rowlands Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award. 

During his two-year career at Georgia Perimeter College, Toledo established himself as not only the top junior college player in the nation, but also the top small college (non-NCAA Division I) tennis player in the country.  In addition, Toledo held the No. 1 NJCAA singles ranking in the country during his entire career at GPC.  He led Georgia Perimeter to two consecutive NJCAA championships.  He has posted an incredible 81-7 singles record versus all opponents (NCAA I, II, III, Junior College and NAIA).  He compiled a perfect 31-0 record against junior college opponents and never lost a doubles match in the NJCAA with partner Bartosz Koldej.  Furthermore, Toledo won several individual college tournaments such as the Clemson Fall Shootout, the National Rolex Small College, and the ITA Regional Championships (twice).  He also participated in several prestigious tournaments normally reserved for NCAA Division I participants such as the Southern Intercollegiates in Athens, GA and the Rolex National Indoor in Dallas, Texas.  Toledo was named to the Intercollegiate All-Star Team in 1999 and was recognized in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated in 1998.   He won Junior College Player of the Year both his freshman and sophomore year, becoming the first honoree to receive that award twice.  In fact, his success almost parallels the greatest Junior College tennis player ever, Mikael Pernfors.

Georgia Perimeter Head Coach Alfred Barney described Toledo as, "A coaches' dream in terms of his meaning to college athletics program.  His work ethic and humble attitude combined with his god-given talents on the court and diligence in the classroom should serve as an example to all student-athletes.  I may coach for the rest of my career and never have the pleasure of having such a gifted and giving individual as Mario Toledo."

Toledo continud his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee. At UT, Toledo went 19-8 as a junior and 33-12 in his final collegiate campaign, posting a cumulative 21-4 record in the No. 2 position. He is currently an assistant coach for the Lady Volunteer tennis program.





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