TEMPE, Ariz. - - Belmont University men's tennis placed six student-athletes on the 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete Team, the organization announced Thursday.
2019 graduates Zak Khan (London, United Kingdom) Joan Valy (Athis-Mons, France), rising seniors Hendrik Inno (Someru, Estonia) and Vincent Sterkens (Antwerp, Belgium), and rising juniors Marko Ilic (Zagreb, Croatia) and Grant Kelly (Atlanta, Ga.) were honored by the ITA.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).
Belmont was also one of 940 programs - and two in the Ohio Valley Conference - across all five NCAA divisions to receive the 2019 ITA All-Academic Team award.
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). All varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative
Belmont University men's tennis, which won the 2019 OVC regular season championship, has 56 ITA Scholar-Athletes since 2004, including head coach Mauricio Antun.