Yale Named ITA All-Academic Team for Record 19th Straight Year; All 12 Players Earn ITA Scholar-Athlete Honors
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) announcement of All-Academic Team and Scholar-Athlete honorees this week once again confirmed that the members of the Yale men's tennis team are committed to success in the classroom. Yale was honored as an ITA All-Academic Team for a record 19th straight year and all 12 of Yale's players for the 2013-14 season earned the designation of ITA Scholar-Athletes.
By receiving the ITA All-Academic Team Award for a 19th consecutive season, Yale extends its own unrivaled streak of earning this particular honor every year since 1996, when the award was introduced. Yale is the only Division I program in the country to have earned the All-Academic Team distinction every year since its inception.
Impressively, all 12 members of the 2013-14 squad were recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes for their strong academic performance during the year. Yale's 12 honorees are Jason Brown, Patrick Chase, Kyle Dawson, Daniel Faierman, Alex Hagermoser, Zachary Krumholz, Tyler Lu, Photos Photiades, James Ratchford, Tommy Ratchford, Matt Saiontz and Martin Svenning. With 12 players receiving recognition, Yale leads the nation's Division I schools in ITA Scholar-Athletes, eclipsing all other seven Ivy League schools. According to Alex Dorato, Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis, this is the second year running that Yale is the nation's sole leader in ITA Scholar-Athletes (for Division I schools). With 12 honorees, the Elis bested their own total from the 2012-13 season (10 Scholar-Athlete honorees). Dorato also notes that this is the sixth time in the past 10 years that the Bulldogs have boasted the highest number of ITA Scholar-Athletes among Division I schools.
Dawson, captain for the 2013-14 season, finishes his Yale career with a second straight Scholar-Athlete selection. Fellow alumnus Chase earned his fourth Scholar-Athlete designation in as many years, while Tommy Ratchford earned his second. Chase was also one of 10 Yale athletes to receive Academic All-Ivy honors for the 2013-14 spring season. Within the ranks of returning players, Faierman and Krumholz were both honored for a third consecutive season. Brown, Saiontz and Svenning became two-time honorees, while Hagermoser, Lu, Photiades and James Ratchford all earned the Scholar-Athlete distinction on the heels of their freshman season, which signals continued academic success for the athletes of the Yale men's tennis team in the years to come.
The ITA All-Academic Team 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). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity