WILMINGTON, NC July 14, 2014 – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body of collegiate tennis, has recognized the UNCW men’s team as an ITA All-Academic Team and four players as ITA Scholar Athletes.
Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Tennis Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year Rafael Aita of Lima, Peru, headlined UNCW’s quartet. Zach Hublitz (McLean, Va.), Matt Kealy (Surrey, England) and Pedro Mol (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) were also honored.
“We’re very proud to be recognized by the ITA with this award,” said veteran UNCW head coach Mait DuBois. “Our team had over a 3.5 grade point average and our every member of the team was over a 3.0 this past semester. It was the best semester we’ve had academically and to do it while repeating as CAA Champions is quite an accomplishment. It means a lot to me that our players really embrace being student-athletes and performing so well in the classroom.”
UNCW was one of just two CAA teams honored in the group, along with William & Mary, and one of only six state teams on the list. Other North Carolina honorees included Duke, Gardner-Webb, N.C. Central, UNC Asheville and UNC Charlotte. Overall, 80 NCAA Division I teams were recognized.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).
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 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of varsity collegiate tennis players. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men’s and women’s varsity coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions, has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance. The ITA annually recognizes over 3,000 student-athletes on an individual and team basis from over 500 different varsity tennis programs.