NCCU Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tabbed ITA All-Academic Teams
By KEVIN BUCZEK
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its 2018 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, and both North Carolina Central University tennis programs were honored with ITA All-Academic Team distinction while a total of 11 Eagles were classified as ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The NCCU men's and women’s tennis teams earned ITA All-Academic Team laurels for having a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2017 and spring 2018).
It’s the third consecutive year that the NCCU men’s team has been credited with ITA All-Academic Team acclaim while the Lady Eagles return to that status for the third time in the last four years.
The Eagles had 11 student-athletes garner ITA Scholar-Athlete status. To earn such distinction, the student-athlete must meet the following criteria: Be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
The six NCCU men praised were senior Dillon Strepay, junior Gabriel Cucalon, junior Sebastian Bromley, sophomore Brooks Campbell, sophomore Maksym Konovalov and sophomore Pablo Juez-Torres. Strepay and Cucalon have received the award three times apiece while it’s the second straight year for Konovalov and Campbell.
The Lady Eagles had a quintet honored in senior Jamie Rogers, sophomore Frida Cnossen, sophomore Sofia Miller, freshman Maru Berghaus and freshman Polina Sakharovia. Rogers qualified for the third straight time and Cnossen has made the list each of her first two seasons.
In all, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis (NCAA Division I, II II, NAIA and JUCO) were honored by the ITA for academic success in 2017-18.