NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – VCU Men's Tennis senior Max Wennakoski was named one of four Atlantic 10 Scholar Athletes of the Year, announced by the conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The Helsinki, Finland native is the first VCU student-athlete to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year by the Atlantic 10 and joins Colleen Williams (Dayton), Gabrielle Pakhtigian (La Salle) and Phillip Graeter (George Washington) as the four recipients of this year's award.
Wennakoski, a four-year standout on the men's tennis team, excelled on the court and in the classroom while with the Rams. He compiled 88 singles wins during in his career, which is the fifth-most in school history.
In the classroom, he completed his degree in International Studies this spring with a 3.77 cumulative grade point average. Wennakoski earned Dean's List (3.5 or higher) every semester throughout his colligate career and was an Academic All-American and a four-time ITA Academic Award Recipient.
This season, Wennakoski finished with 32 singles wins (fifth all-time), was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, while helping the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Individually, he advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Singles Tournament.
Voted on by the league's Directors of Athletics, the award is given to the best overall male and female student-athlete, based on their athletic success and academic prowess. There was a tie in the voting for both the men's award and the women's award, resulting in four honorees. It marked the first tie in the voting since 1995-96.