July 11, 2012

MEN’S TENNIS EARNS ACADEMIC RECOGNITION AWARD FROM ITA FOR 10TH STRAIGHT YEAR

RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU tennis programs have built quite a tradition of excellence over the past 20 years. Since 1993, the Rams have combined for 32 NCAA Tournament appearances (19 by the men, 13 by the women) and 20 conference championships.

That standard of excellence is not limited to the courts as the Black & Gold were recognized once again by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for the 10th straight year.

"My coaches and I demand a high level of dedication to all aspects of a student-athlete," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "We want our athletes' success to not be limited to the tennis courts. Our kids have always done a great job of that and this year was no different."

VCU's men's squad earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award, which honors squads that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above. Six Rams also earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status, given to any player (sophomore or older) who posts at least a 3.50 GPA or higher.

Rising juniors Alejandro Argente, Antoine Baroz and AJ Stuart, rising seniors Camill Salomon and Max Wennakoski and graduated senior Filip Svensson all posted GPAs above 3.5 to earn the accolade.

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