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Tribe Men's Tennis Among Nation's Elite in Academics
Updated: Thursday 07/25/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Tribe Athletics experience is about combining elite academics with top-notch Division I sports, and often the result is the exceptional student-athletes succeeding at high levels both on the playing field and in the classroom. The William and Mary men's tennis team is no different, ranking among the top programs in the country with the recent release of the ITA All-Academic Awards. The Tribe earned an ITA All-Academic Team award for the second time in three years and was one of just 13 teams nationally with seven players selected as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). 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).

Head coach Peter Daub's team produced a cumulative GPA of nearly 3.7 for the spring semester, far outreaching the 3.2 required GPA, to earn the ITA All-Academic Team honor. The Tribe was one of 78 teams nationally to earn the team accolades and was one of just three CAA programs as well as one of just four from the State of Virginia in 2011-12 to receive the distinction. Only three teams (Cornell, Yale and Fairleigh Dickinson) produced more ITA Scholar-Athlete honorees than the Tribe's seven. In total, eight of the Tribe's 10 players produced a GPA of better than 3.2 for the 2012 spring semester.

Juniors Anton Andersson and Adrian Vodislav as well as sophomore John Banks led the way for the Tribe as each earned their second ITA Scholar-Athlete honor and produced GPAs of better than 3.8 during the spring. Graduate student Robert Pietrucha, senior Ilja Orre, sophomore Ben Guthrie and freshman Will Juggins also earned Scholar-Athlete accolades. The seven ITA Scholar-Athlete honorees are a single-season program best and bring the program's total to 20.

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