Turnquest named Tennis Male Athlete of the Year
Bahamian tennis player Joshua Turnquest was named as the 2018-2019 Male Athlete of the Year for men’s tennis for the River States Conference (RSC) in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The conference, which was founded over 100 years ago in 1916, has 13 member institutions representing five states – Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To achieve the distinction of RSC Male Athlete of the Year, Turnquest led in voting of all the athletic directors of the league. This is the third year that Turnquest has been named as athlete of the year, with the first time being in 2016 as a freshman. Turnquest remained undefeated in the RSC this season.
The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) spoke highly of Turnquest’s achievements this season. A BLTA spokesperson said in a press release: “We look forward to many more tennis achievements in Joshua’s tennis journey.”
During the 2017-2018 season, Turnquest was the No. 10 ranked singles player in the eastern region and was at number 32 nationally. In 2018-2019, he ended the season ranked at number 16 in the United States. Turnquest majored in Computational Mathematics at Asbury University.
Turnquest, who is a graduate of C.V. Bethel Sr. High School here in Nassau, The Bahamas, was also named to this year’s All-American singles list of the NAIA’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The criteria for this recognition include finishing in the top 20 of the final Oracle/ITA national rankings for singles and top 10 of the final Oracle/ITA national doubles rankings. Turnquest is a three-time NAIA All-American and has led his school to the NAIA national tournament for the third year in a row.