by Cory Guinn
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Barton College men's tennis program has been named a 2016 ITA Team Academic Award recipient, while also having four individuals recognized for academic success by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), it was announced this week.
Barton was one of two Conference Carolinas schools on a Division II list comprised of schools across the country. University of Mount Olive also represented the league as All-Academic Team award winners on the NCAA Division II men's list. King University and Limestone College were represented by a group of individual award winners on the list.
Team members Nick Genest, Jake McCartney, Daniel Radu and Rafael Ruiz Velasco were each honored with 2016 ITA Scholar Athlete Awards. Genest, Radu and Velasco each finished the academic year with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
The Bulldogs, who finished the 2015-16 calendar year with a 3.39 cumulative team GPA, landed six players on the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll for the fall 2015 semester and had six more honorees on the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll for the spring of 2016. The program was a key component in helping Barton College earn the Conference Carolinas Allan Sharp Award for Academic Excellence for the third year in a row, an honor given to the conference institution with the highest Academic Success Rate among student-athletes as measured by the NCAA.
The award, which was initiated in the 1982-83 academic year, 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 letter winners 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 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).