SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University men's tennis team ranked among the best teams in the nation academically, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which released its men's NCAA Division III academic awards this week.
Ten Pirate men earned the ITA's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2013. Only three other schools from among 400 Division III members had more honorees (Amherst, Gustavus Adolphus, Williams).
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).
The ten Pirate players to earn the honor are: Andrew Brigham (Fr.); Christopher Engelmann (So.); Matthew Goebel (So.); Levi Huddleston (Fr.); Dustin McConnell (Jr.); Blake Miller (Fr.); Troy Patterson (Jr.); Micah Spaun (Sr.); John Talbot (Jr.); and Cameron Williams (Sr.).
In addition, the Whitworth men's team was selected as a 2013 All-Academic Team. 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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year.
The Whitworth men had a stellar cumulative GPA of 3.656 in 2012-13.