Former Fresno State men’s tennis player Reid Micklin deLaubenfels, who played his freshman and sophomore years for the Bulldogs from 2011-13, died unexpectedly Friday. He was 22.
According to a family friend, deLaubenfels hit his head sometime Friday – it’s unknown exactly how – and died in his sleep in Portland, Oregon, due to an epidural hematoma.
He came to Fresno State from Seattle’s Nathan Hale High and helped the Bulldogs to a Western Athletic Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in his first year. As a sophomore, deLaubenfels led the Bulldogs in wins at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles (with partner Sam MacNeil) and was named to the All-Mountain West singles team.
After transferring to the University of Portland in May 2013, deLaubenfels earned All-West Coast Conference honors as a junior and senior, also serving as team captain his final seaosn. He was on track to earn his degree in business this fall.
According to the University of Portland, a memorial service will be scheduled on campus after students return later this month. A memorial service in Seattle also is being planned.
A memorial fund to help the family with arrangements has been set up at youcaring.com.
deLaubenfels is survived by his parents, Blair and Bob deLaubenfels.