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Thirteen Grizzlies earn ITA Scholar-Athlete honors

03 Dec 2021 | 07:13 | Tennis

Eight members of the Montana men’s tennis team and five from the Grizzly women’s team were recognized as Scholar-Athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for their success in the classroom, the organization announced Monday.

Both programs were also once again named an ITA All-Academic Teams for their combined success following another stellar academic year for the Montana netters.

The prestigious ITA Scholar-Athlete award recognizes athletes who have gone above and beyond the requirements for an academic all-conference honor with a 3.5 GPA required to earn a place on the list.

To be named an ITA All-Academic Team, programs must have a team grade point average of 3.2 or above (on a 4.00 scale), and all student-athletes included must be eligible to compete. All varsity letter winners are factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year.

Men’s coach Jason Brown’s squad, a two-time winner of the Dusten Hollist Award for the highest GPA in Grizzly Athletics, posted a combined 3.8 GPA in the 2020-21 academic year.

Coach Steve Ascher’s women’s team was equally impressive, maintaining a 3.6 team GPA over the last school year.

In 2021, 1054 Division I Men student-athletes were named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, and 145 men’s tennis programs were awarded the All-Academic Team distinction. Compared to the previous year, 75 more Division I men received the distinction of ITA Scholar-Athlete.

Montana Men’s Scholar Athletes
Chase Bartlett
Milo Benn
Pontus Hallgren
Guillermo Martin
Ed Pudney
Oisin Shaffrey
Moritz Stoeger
Josh Watkins

Montana Women’s Scholar Athletes
Lauren Dunlap
Maria Goheen
Claudia Reguant
Julia Ronney
Alex Walker