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Menís Tennis Earns ITA Academic Team Honors

MUNCIE, Ind. – The 2013-14 Ball State University men’s tennis team was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-Academic Team after earning a 3.691 grade point average on Ball State’s 4.0 scale.

Ball State and Northern Illinois were the only two men’s tennis programs from the Mid-American Conference to receive the ITA All-Academic team honor.

Six members of the squad received individual ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades--freshman Lucas Andersen (3.821), junior Patrick Elliott (3.667), freshman Mathew Helm (4.000), junior Ray Leonard (3.733), senior Austin Smith (3.637) and freshman Andrew Stutz (3.966).  Smith has earned this prestigious award all four years of his career at Ball State.  Leonard has received the honor twice and this is the first time Andersen, Elliott, Helm and Stutz have received the award.

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/NAIA/NJCAA/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 through senior year).

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