SPOKANE, Wash. – Five Whitworth University men's tennis players received individual academic honors while the entire team was again recognized for academic success, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), which released its 2018 NCAA Division III academic awards on July 24th.
Four of the Whitworth individuals are repeat honorees.
Ben Bethards (So., Mercer Island, Wash.), Jake Bethards (So., Mercer Island, Wash.), Ian Fisher, (Sr., Caldwell, Idaho), and Nick Hughes (Jr., Nampa, Idaho) all received ITA Scholar Athlete status. Fisher earned the honor for the fourth year in a row. Kincaid Norris (Fr., Snohmish, Wash.) was recognized in his first year of eligibility.
In order to earn ITA Scholar Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at his present school for at least two semesters.
The men's team also earned the ITA All-Academic Team award. That 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 (including fall 2015 and spring 2016).
The Pirate men had a strong cumulative GPA of 3.401 in the spring of 2018. Whitworth earned the team recognition for the seventh consecutive year.