GW Men's Tennis Team, Players Earn ITA Academic Awards
Five Colonials Tabbed ITA Scholar-Athletes
Aug. 12, 2013
SKILLMAN, N.J. – The George Washington men’s tennis program was recognized as a 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team, the governing body of collegiate tennis announced. Additionally, sophomore Danil Zelenkov, seniors Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen and 2013 graduates Leonardo Lapentti and Alexander van Gils were tabbed ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team award marks the fourth consecutive nod for the Colonials’ program and fifth award under the direction of Head Coach Greg Munoz. The squad was also honored with GW’s Team Academic Award for boasting the highest GPA among the athletics department's male teams at the second annual Georgey Awards in May.
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 GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List honoree, Lapentti, who went 7-11 in singles in 2013, was part of GW’s undefeated No. 3 doubles tandem alongside junior Francisco Dias. The pair went 17-0 and earned a No. 80 national ranking midway through the season after opening the spring with a 9-0 mark. He graduated from GW this spring with a degree in finance.
Svensson, a marketing major, was named to the GW Athletics Academic Deans List in addition to the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls. He produced an overall singles record of 10-8 and went 8-5 at the No. 6 singles spot.
An international affairs major, Thomsen earned his first A-10 All-Academic nod this spring, was named to the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls and earned a spot on the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List. Thomsen was also honored with the university's Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - given to those who are in the top two percent, by GPA, of sophomores, juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves inside and outside the classroom - for the second straight year. He produced an overall singles record of 17-7 at the Nos. 5 and 6 spots this season and teamed up with van Gils for a 10-10 No. 1 doubles mark.
Van Gils was named to the Spring 2013 A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned a spot on the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List. The All-Conference Second Team honoree went 12-15 overall in singles, competing primarily at No. 4, and posted a 10-10 No. 1 doubles record with Thomsen. Van Gils graduated this spring with a degree in international economics.
The A-10 All-Conference First Team selection and reigning A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, Zelenkov was named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List and the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls. The international affairs major posted an overall singles record of 20-8 and teamed up with senior Nikita Fomin for an overall doubles record of 21-7.