CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's tennis team was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for its success in the classroom during the 2012-13 season with the release of the organization's academic award winners. The Engineers were recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team for the sixth consecutive year and, in addition to the team award, eight individuals were named ITA Scholar Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is given to programs that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 (4.0 scale) or above. To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, a player must be a varsity letterwinner, have a GPA of at least 3.50 and have been enrolled at their present institution for at least two semesters.
Brian Oldfield '13 (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) was the only Engineer on the list to have received Scholar-Athlete distinction each of his four years at MIT. He was joined by classmates Tymor Hamamasy '13 (New York, N.Y.), who made his second appearance on the list, and Matthew Skalak '13 (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) who was honored for the first time.
Junior Vlad Firoiu (Westford, Mass.) and sophomore Jeffrey Sperling (Los Angeles, Calif.) were both named Scholar Athletes for the second time in their careers. Freshmen Jeffrey Bu (Arcadia, Calif.), Justin Cheung (Sydney, Australia) and Alex Jaffe (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) were all first-time recipients.