Lake Land College recently held the annual Athletic Department Hall of Fame Induction.Athletic Director Bill Jackson said, “Tonight we honor two outstanding athletes into the Lake Land College Athletic Hall of Fame. I am proud Lake Land College was a springboard for their successful academic and athletic futures.”
Being honored was Kassia Fernandes, former volleyball player, who attended Lake Land College from 2007 until 2008. While playing for Lake Land, Fernandes was named Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC) All-Conference, All-Region 24 and All-Tournament as a sophomore. As a freshman, she was named All-Tournament, Region 24 Freshman of the Year, GRAC Player of the Year and GRAC All-Conference. She also received All-American Honorable Mention, was awarded Freshman of the Year and earned All-American accolades.
After Lake Land, Fernandes transferred to Louisiana Tech University, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics in 2011. Here, she ranked second on the team with 249 kills and second with 2.47 digs per set. She ranked second on the team and fifth in the Western Athletic Conference with seven double-doubles. Fernandes led the Lady Techsters with 27 service aces. She received honorable mention All-Louisiana in 2010 and picked up a team-high seven double-doubles to rank among the conference leaders.
Accepting the award on Fernandes’ behalf was the 2014 volleyball team and Coach Amory Porter.
Additionally, Alex Mayer, former tennis player was inducted to the Hall of Fame. Mayer attended Lake Land College from 2000 to 2002. During the fall season of 2000, he won second place in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament. In the 2001 and 2002 seasons, his record was 19 -1 in singles. Mayer and his doubles partner were named All-Americans after finishing fourth in the national tournament. Also, he was named Athlete of the Month in April 2002.
After Lake Land, Mayer was the tennis coach at the University of Illinois- Springfield for both men’s and women’s tennis teams. He was also a tennis instructor at Velasco Tennis Center at Washington Park in Springfield. He played on tennis leagues while residing in Springfield and now plays on a tennis league in Effingham. He continues to play in tournaments.
Former Tennis Coach Bob Orr presented the award to Mayer of Teutopolis.
The program also celebrated the success of all of Lake Land College’s athletic teams throughout the year.
“We are proud of what you’ve done as athletes to live the values of the college and represent us in our communities,” President Josh Bullock said.
The college also recognized Academic Counselor Bryan Burrell for his 20 years of service as the college’s athletic counselor. During this time, Burrell has assisted 1,500 student athletes in achieving their academic goals and transferring to universities all across the country.
“Bryan is committed to help our athletes be successful,” Tina Stovall, vice president for student services, said.