Skillman, N.J. - The Gustavus Adolphus men’s tennis team has been named an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). To be eligible for the award, a team must have a cumulative 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 2012 and spring 2013).
To go along with the team honor Gustavus received, a total of 14 Gusties were named ITA Scholar Athletes. In order to receive such an honor 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). Of all the NCAA Division III schools which had a member of it’s men’s tennis team earn Scholar Athlete status, only Amherst College had more student-athletes on this year’s list than Gustavus with 15 recipients.
The tally of ITA Scholar Athletes from Gustavus included Bryan Miles (Jr., Wausau, Wis.), Bradley Entwistle (So., Sioux Falls, S.D.), Cody Anderson (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.), Colin Rieke (So., Rochester, Minn.), Matthew Lunde (Sr., Pewaukee, Wis.), Duncan Anderson (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.), Amrik Donkena (Sr., Rochester, Minn.), Michael Lieberman (Sr., Long Grove, Ill.), Tyler Johnson (Sr., West Bend, Wis.), Matthew Baker (So., Rosemount, Minn.), Rodrigo Otero (Sr., Fargo, N.D.), Nicholas Reiners (So., Cambridge, Minn.), Gavin Kulick (So., Independence, Minn.), and Joey MacGibbon (Jr., Apple Valley, Minn.).
Other Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams earning All-Academic recognition included Hamline University and St. Olaf College.