#53 GW Men's Tennis Captures Division I-AAA ADA All-Sports Trophy
Colonials Earn Accolade for Academic, Athletic Success
July 15, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio - For the second time in four years, the 53rd-ranked George Washington men's tennis team has been named a recipient of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (ADA) All-Sports Trophy for men's tennis.
The award, which the Colonials won in 2011 after earning their first conference championship since 1979, combines both athletic and academic performance of the 95 NCAA Division I non-football programs throughout the country.
"I am proud of our student-athletes for achieving yet another award to cap an incredible season," said reigning Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Greg Munoz. "Hard work pays off on the court and in the classroom, and we look forward to continuing our reputation of Raising High."
Not only did the Colonials claim their third A-10 Championship crown in four seasons, reach the NCAA Team Championship for the third time in school history and earn a program-record 10 A-10 postseason honors, they also accumulated a number of academic accolades. The squad - which finished the year ranked No. 53 in the nation, earning its highest season-ending ranking in history - was GW's Men's Academic Team of the Year. The Buff and Blue were also named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team for the fifth straight year, while multiple student-athletes garnered individual honors.
Ulrik Thomsen ('14) and rising junior Danil Zelenkov were both named to the A-10 All-Academic Team, while the duo, alongside Viktor Svensson ('14), earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status and were named to the Spring 2014 A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll. Additionally, Thomsen was honored with GW's Senior Male Scholar-Athlete Award, and he and Zelenkov earned the university's distinguished Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for being in the top two percent of seniors and sophomores, respectively, in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Most notably, Zelenkov was also named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Team in May.
Now in its 14th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 95 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football). The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).