TEMPE, Ariz. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2017 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes on Tuesday. In all, 720 teams and 3,908 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.
Both the West Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's tennis teams were honored by the ITA.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
"Both teams were named all-academic for the fifth consecutive year," remarked head coach Marc Walters. "We had 19 male players (out of 22 on the roster) honored this year, which may be the most in the country for anyone team."
Walters credits the new home tennis complex as a continuing factor in the student-athlete's success in the classroom.
"I think having home courts this year made a difference in our academic stability and obviously the team continues to be very professional and disciplined in their academics which is a priority for our program," he stated.
For a complete listing of the men's award winners, please click here.
For a complete listing of the women's award winters, please click here.