SPOKANE, Wash. – Five Whitworth University men's tennis players received individual academic honors while the entire team was again recognized for academic success, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), which released its 2017 NCAA Division III academic awards on July 25th.
Ben Bethards (Fr., Mercer Island, Wash.), Jake Bethards (Fr., Mercer Island, Wash.), Ian Fisher, (Jr., Caldwell, Idaho), Caleb Hughes (Sr., Nampa, Idaho) and Nick Hughes (So., Nampa, Idaho) all received ITA Scholar Athlete status. Fisher and Caleb Hughes each earned the honor for the third year in a row.
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 3.681 in the spring of 2017. Whitworth was one of five Tschools from the Northwest Conference to earn the ITA All-Academic Team award and the Pirates have been recognized for six years in a row.