The Charlotte 49ers men’s tennis program and four of its student-athletes received recognition for their work in the classroom by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The program as a whole was honored as one of the ITA All-Academic Team Award winners for the fourth time in its history.
"I'm very proud of our guys for their scholastic accomplishments,” Charlotte coach Billy Boykin said. “They put a lot of work into their academics and are deserving of the national recognition."
Four student-athletes, including Alex Calott, Alex Weber, Jordi Massalle Ferrer, and Nate Shanok, were chosen as ITA Scholar-Athletes for their academic success this spring. This is the second time in their careers that Calott, Shanok, and Weber have been recognized as ITA Scholar Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team Award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or above. All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present institution for at least two semesters.
The men’s tennis program posted an impressive 3.47 grade-point average all while putting up a solid 13-7 record on the courts this spring and advancing into the second round of the Conference USA Championships.
The team was also recognized for academic achievement this spring after receiving the NCAA Public Recognition Award alongside the 49er’s women’s tennis team and men’s cross country. The men’s tennis program earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award for the third straight year.