Men's Tennis Earns Top Academic Honor
July 25, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – While qualifying for their 24th straight NCAA appearance in 2017, the Ole Miss men’s tennis team also served up aces in the classroom. 

The Rebels earned the prestigious ITA All-Academic Team Award and three players were named Scholar-Athletes, as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the yearly academic honors Tuesday.

It marks the 11th time overall and sixth in the last seven years for the Rebels to receive the ITA All-Academic Team Award. 

This award requires a minimum overall 3.2 grade point average to be considered. The Rebels posted a 3.35 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year, including leading all male sports at Ole Miss with a 3.47 in the spring. Every member of the team made at least a 3.00 GPA in the spring as the Rebels earned their second-highest semester GPA in recorded history.

“We are extremely pleased to see our team do well in the classroom this past year," head coach Toby Hansson said. "It shows that our guys take their academics very seriously. As always it is a team effort and we are very thankful for all the academic support that our guys receive starting with our academic counselor Drew Clinton and all the staff and tutors at the FedEx Academic Support Center.”

In addition to the team award, Zvonimir Babic (Zagreb, Croatia), Grey Hamilton (Southern Pines, North Carolina) and Robert Mounger (Jackson, Mississippi) were named ITA Scholar-Athletes, which requires a minimum of a 3.50 GPA for the year. 

The Rebels have had at least one player named an ITA Scholar-Athlete 16 straight years.

Babic earned the honor for the third time in as many years. Hamilton and Mounger received the award for the second time in their careers.

For more information on Ole Miss Men’s Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis.  Also, follow coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.


 

 

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