Men's Tennis Piles Up Academic Honors
July 27, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--In addition to heating up the summer circuit on the court, Memphis men's tennis also acquired several academic awards this the off-season.
Seven netters were recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2010-11 academic year, having earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher. This is the most named to the list in a single year in the program's history with the previous record having been five scholar-athletes, set back in 2007.
K.C. Griffin, a rising redshirt junior from Millington, Tenn., was the sole repeat recipient on this year's list, having been named to the list in 2010.
Furthermore, with a 3.519 team GPA, the squad easily secured the ITA All-Academic Team award, which is open to teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher. This marks the sixth year in a row, and the ninth time in 10 years, the men's team has received the accolade.
The team GPA also was high enough to earn the U of M the Conference USA Sport Academic Award for men's tennis. The award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest GPA for the current academic year. The full list of 2011 Sport Academic Awards can be found here.(link to CUSA website)
"I'm really impressed with how well so many of our guys did in the classroom this past year and it's great for them to be recognized like this for their hard work," head men's tennis coach Paul Goebel said. "Credit also goes to Dr. Joe Luckey and his staff for the continuous hard work they put into helping our team juggle school and tennis."