Stockton, Calif. - Pacific Men's Tennis was honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an All-Academic program for 2014, while Alex Hamilton and Sem Verbeek earned ITA Scholar Athlete honors.
"This was a great achievement by the team," said Head Coach Ryan Redondo. "I am really proud of them, and to Sem and Alex for earning individual ITA Honors as well. We are making strides in many areas of the program and this is the most important and reflective of their experiences as a student-athlete. Pacific is a demanding school and collegiate tennis requires a lot of missed school so this shows the commitment to excellence as well as the wonderful support from Calee Spinney and Danielle Neault. They are a big reason for this achievement."
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).
All members of the 2014 All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes receive a certificate to recognize the achievement.
"The ITA wishes to congratulate all schools named to the ITA All-Academic Team and the ITA Scholar-Athletes for achieving great success both on and off the court," said David Benjamin, Executive Director of the ITA.
To view all members of the 2014 ITA All-Academic Team as well as past teams, please visit the ITA website here: http://www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Academic-Awards.htm
About the ITA Awards program:
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. For more information on the ITA Awards program, please visit www.itatennis.com.