Feb. 1, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis teams received the Chancellor's Cup during halftime ceremonies honoring student-athlete's academic achievements at the Rebel basketball game Tuesday night.
The Chancellor's Cup is awarded to the men's and women's varsity teams with the highest cumulative grade point average among all sports at Ole Miss.
Since its inception, no other men's team has ever won the Chancellor's Cup. The men's tennis team is the recipient of the men's Chancellor's Cup for the eighth year in a row.
The Rebels enjoyed another excellent year on and off the courts in 2010. The team captured their ninth consecutive SEC West title and made their 17th straight NCAA appearance. Marcel Thiemann became the 25th All-American in the history of the program. The Rebels are presently ranked No. 18 in the nation and will travel to play No. 4 Ohio State on Friday.
"These guys work as hard in the classroom as they do on the court. It's impressive to be recognized nationally for their tennis accomplishments but to also lead the way in the classroom. I am extremely proud of their efforts," Chadwick said.
The women's tennis team earned the Chancellor's Cup for the second year in a row and third time in the last four years.
At the top of their game in the classroom, the Rebels have been named an ITA All-Academic Team 14 consecutive years. Their accomplishments in 2010 include advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 and winning their second SEC West title. The 17th-ranked Rebels will be back in action next week as they go to Seattle to take on Washington and St. Mary's.
"I am extremely proud of the girls. It's one thing to do well in either the classroom or on the court, but these girls have consistently proved they can do both. It's great that we're ranked 17th in the country, but also phenomenal to have 3.43 team GPA. They work hard to achieve success in both and are to be commended for it," head coach
Mark Beyers said.
Also honored at halftime were 257 student-athletes who made the University's Chancellor's Honor Roll (3.75-4.00 semester GPA), Dean's Honor Roll (3.50-3.74) and the UMAA honor roll (3.00 or higher) during the 2010 calendar year.