CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s and women’s tennis teams took home All-Academic team honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Wednesday. In addition, 14 student-athletes from the two teams, seven from each squad, were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The men’s team makes the list for the sixth straight year and the second time under head coach Patrick Fediuk. The women’s team earns the All-Academic team honor for the fourth straight season, all under head coach Catherine Dunagan.
The men’s team set a program record with seven student-athletes named Scholar-Athletes, while the women’s team tied its record of seven set last season. The Big South Champion men’s squad placed at least five players on the list for the sixth straight season, while the women’s team has now had at least one player be named Scholar-Athlete for ninth straight season.
Will Baird, Alejandro Bejar, Ben Kelley, Diego Manzanas, Joel Roberts, Alexander Lykou and Elias Svensson make up the men’s record-setting group. Manzanas, the two-time reigning Big South Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned his fourth honor, just the third player in PC’s Division I era to receive the honor four times. Baird, Kelley and Roberts were each recognized for the third time in their respective careers.
On the women’s squad, honors went to Nicole Croxton, Caroline Ferrari, Demi Henschel, Tracy Johnson, Brittany Nuttall, Beth Taylor and Katie Thompson. Croxton, Ferrari, Henschel, Johnson and Nuttall were each honored for the second straight season and the second time in their respective careers.
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 letterwinners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2015 and spring 2016).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letterwinner, 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 through senior year).