SPOKANE, Wash. – For the second straight season the Whitworth men's tennis team had eight players receive individual academic honors while the entire team was again recognized for academic success, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), which released its 2016 NCAA Division III academic awards on July 21st.
Drew Adams (Sr., Clarkston, Wash.), Ryan Adams (So., Clarkston, Wash.), Drew Brigham (Sr., Eagle, Idaho), Ian Fisher, (So., Caldwell, Idaho), Caleb Hughes (Jr., Nampa, Idaho), Blake Miller (Sr., Missoula, Mont.), Layne Ryerson (Fr., Helena, Mont.) and Shane Sandlin (Jr., Pasco, Wash.) all received ITA Scholar Athlete status. Drew Adams, Brigham and Miller each earned the honor for the fourth time in his career.
In order to earn ITA Scholar Athlete status a player must 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 his present school for at least two semesters.
The men's team also earned the ITA All-Academic Team award. That award 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 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 (including fall 2015 and spring 2016).
The Pirate men had a strong cumulative GPA of 3.43 in the spring of 2016. Whitworth was one of four schools from the Northwest Conference to earn the ITA All-Academic Team award.