Most eyes in Toledo are focused on the Glass Bowl with the coming football season and the potential for it to be a Mid-American Conference title season for the Toledo Rockets. Before we get to that, though, there’s still some celebrating left to do from last season as four Toledo Rockets men’s tennis players were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for their academic success.
ITA bestows Scholar-Athlete honors to those who earn a 3.5 annual GPA, a tennis letter, and have been enrolled for two semesters at their current institution. For the Toledo Rockets, four men met that threshold and were honored this week for their academic achievement.
Per Toledo’s release...
For the second straight year the Toledo men's tennis team earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team honors with four student-athletes being recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The junior duo of Vincent Anzalone and Luka Vitosevic along with Danilo Pejovic and sophomore Thawin Suksathaporn were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. Anzalone and Vitosevic were named scholar-athletes for the second straight year.
Transfer Danilo Vukotic also earned scholar-athlete honors. Vukotic joins the Rockets after transferring from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
"We're very proud of our guys' efforts in the classroom, and the great academic support UT Athletics provides," said head coach Al Wermer. "Our challenges last year with injuries did not deter their academic success. We also have a few more guys who barely missed this GPA threshold."
It's the second straight year in which the Rockets have earned ITA All-Academic Team honors. During the spring semester, the team had an overall grade point average of 3.4.
About the ITA:
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).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a GPA of at least 3.50 for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
For Toledo, the academic success of the tennis program has demonstrated consistency and stretches across both their men’s and women’s teams. Couple that with the individual successes and it’s a testament to the importance that Toledo places on the student portion of student-athlete.