#53 GW Men's Tennis Team, Players Receive ITA Academic Honors
Colonials Earn All-Academic Team Status; Three Tabbed Scholar-Athletes
July 14, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. – The 53rd-ranked GW men’s tennis program was recognized as a 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team, the governing body of collegiate tennis announced. Additionally, 2014 graduates Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen and rising junior Danil Zelenkov all earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status.
The ITA All-Academic Team award marks the fifth straight nod for the Buff and Blue and sixth honor under the direction of Head Coach Greg Munoz. The scholar-athlete year-end accolade is the fourth consecutive for Thomsen, while Svensson and Zelenkov each picked up their second honors.
“I am happy to see the continued recognition for our team and our student-athletes,” said Coach Munoz. “They put in a lot of time and effort on and off the court to excel in tennis, and it is wonderful to also see them continue to pursue and achieve academic excellence.”
The academic team award is presented to teams possessing a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or higher. To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, the student-athlete must be a varsity letterwinner, possess a GPA of 3.50 or higher and be enrolled at their present institution for at least two semesters.
A 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection, Svensson graduated from GW in May with a degree in marketing. He was named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List every semester, and also earned a spot on the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times. The senior captain went 18-11 overall in singles and 14-6 this spring, and he posted a 7-1 mark at the No. 5 spot. Svensson defeated the first nationally ranked opponent of his career this fall in No. 122 Sidharta Hazarika of Binghamton. He and No. 3 doubles partner Thomsen produced an overall record of 11-8.
Thomsen has collected several academic accolades this year, including earning a spot on the A-10 All-Academic Team for the second time in as many seasons. He graduated this spring with a degree in international affairs after being named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List and A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester. Prior to graduation in May, Thomsen was honored with the Colonials’ Senior Male Scholar-Athlete Award and also earned the university’s distinguished Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for being in the top two percent of seniors in the Elliott School of International Affairs. A 2014 A-10 All-Conference Second Team honoree, Thomsen capped his final season with the Buff and Blue with an overall singles record of 12-9 and a dual-match record of 11-8. He and classmate Svensson teamed up for a doubles record of 11-8.
An A-10 All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team selection, Zelenkov was a member of the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List with a perfect 4.0 GPA for the fall semester. The international affairs major was named to the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls and also earned GW’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for being in the top two percent of sophomores in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Most notably, Zelenkov was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Team in May. The team’s 2014 MVP, Zelenkov wrapped his sophomore campaign with a team-best singles record of 21-7 and a dual-match mark of 15-3. He closed the year on a 19-match unbeaten streak dating to Feb. 23; he won 14 of those bouts while five went unfinished. He and doubles partner Nikita Fomin (’14) produced a team-best record of 16-8, including a 13-6 mark at the No. 2 spot for the Colonials.