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AMHERST, Mass. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently awarded the Amherst men's tennis team with its All-Academic award, while signaling out 15 student-athletes for individual academic distinction.
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). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2012 and spring 2013).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Thirty-nine Division III men's track & field programs nationwide qualified for the All-Academic award, with five NESCAC institutions garnering praise. Making the cut for the fifth-straight season, Amherst led the conference pack with 15 ITA scholar-athletes, followed by Williams (13), Middlebury (8), Tufts (7) and Wesleyan (7). Will Rives '13 led the way with his fourth-consecutive individual honor, while Brenton Arnaboldi '14, Chris Dale '14, Karan Bains '14, Matt Lerner '13 and Eli Mlaver '14 each earned recognition for the third year in a row.
Helping Amherst earn a berth into the national semifinals for the fourth time in five years, Dale won eight of his final nine singles matches, to finish with an 11-3 mark on the year with a 9-5 record in doubles action. Posting a 30-9 overall record, the Jeffs defeated Washington University-St. Louis, 5-2, in the NCAA consolation match to finish third overall.