ST. LOUIS – The Saint Louis University men’s and women’s tennis teams have been named All-Academic by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2013-14 academic year, and 12 Billiken tennis players earned ITA Scholar-Athlete plaudits.
The Billiken men led all Saint Louis teams in the classroom for a second consecutive year, achieving a 3.604 team grade point average to easily surpass the minimum 3.2 required for the ITA All-Academic award. The Billiken women were a close second, posting a 3.599 GPA.
SLU is among 86 NCAA Division I men’s teams to garner the award and one of four Atlantic 10 Conference men’s programs to be honored. There are 145 NCAA Division I women’s teams recognized, including five from the A-10.
Nishaad Balachandran, Yehia El Sallaly, Miguel Flores, Patrick Kella and Vuk Poledica from the men’s team and Aspen Cervin, Madison Cook, Stephanie Hollis, Taylor Monken, Maria Toro, Brooke Urzendowski and Natalia Yacaman from the women’s team collected ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades, awarded to letter winners who registered at least a 3.5 GPA for the entire academic year. Saint Louis’ 12 combined Scholar-Athletes tied for the most among A-10 institutions; SLU led the conference in the number of women’s Scholar-Athletes and tied for second in the number of men’s honorees.“I am extremely proud of our men’s and women’s programs for earning these ITA academic awards,” head coach Jon Zych said. “Our mission is to strive for excellence in competition, community outreach and academics. Our programs succeeded as evidenced by these outstanding accomplishments.”