Men's Tennis Earns Top Awards at 2011 Senior Honors Luncheon
April 28, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC- Christopher Kushma, Andy Erickson and Erik Hannah earned honors at the 2011 Senior Honors Luncheon on the GW campus Thursday. Head coach Greg Munoz was also named the inaugural GW Coach of the Year.
A senior co-captain, Christopher clinched the 2011 Atlantic 10 title for the Colonials with his No. 3 singles victory against his opponent from Xavier. The New York City native posted a 14-8 singles record and 16-7 doubles record through the A-10 Championships and has been a key performer in helping the Colonials to their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance. Christopher was also named A-10 Performer of the Week on March 14.
The recipient of the 2011 Colonial Endowment Academic Excellence Award, with a combined grade-point average of 3.336, is the men's tennis team. Of GW's 10 varsity men's sports, the tennis team had the highest average GPA based on the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 semesters. This is the second time the squad has received this award under fifth-year coach Greg Munoz.
This year's recipient of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council Senior Male Athlete Academic Award with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.88 is Andy Erickson of men's tennis.
Earning his political science degree in just three years, Andy completed his playing career with an 8-6 in singles action and 1-2 mark in doubles this season. The Spring, TX, native has been named to the Athletics Department's Dean's List and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll each of the five semester's he's been eligible.
The winner of the 2011 J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award is
men's tennis player Erik Hannah.
A native of Bradenton, FL, Erik did not lose a single match to an Atlantic 10 Conference opponent during his four seasons at GW. He capped his perfect 30-0 mark against A-10 foes with a 6-0, 6-0 singles victory to help the Colonials capture the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship over rival Xavier earlier this month.
Erik captured points for GW with impressive singles victories over ranked programs Columbia and St. John's and also won both of his matches at the A-10 Championship to improve his team-leading singles record to 14-5 this season.
As a junior in 2010, Erik and teammate Ugur Atalay earned a national ranking as a doubles team, coming in at No. 29 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's poll in January.
An international business major who has appeared on the Athletic Department's Dean's List five times, Erik is a three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection, earning First Team accolades in 2009 and 2010 after claiming Second Team honors as a freshman in 2008. His career singles record currently sits at 70-39 as the Colonials await word of their destination for the first and second rounds of the 2011 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.
The recipient of this year's inaugural GW Coach of the Year award is Greg Munoz from men's tennis.
Greg coached the men's tennis team to its first Atlantic 10 Championship in 32 years earlier this month and will lead the Colonials in their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance in the coming weeks.
The fifth-year head coach has guided the program to the No. 1 seed in the A-10 Championship for four consecutive seasons and a third-place finish or better at the tournament every year as coach.
Greg has also gotten the most out of his student-athletes in the classroom as the men's tennis program earned the Colonial Endowment Team Academic Excellence Award for the second straight year earlier this afternoon.