Tempe, Ariz. (July 24) – For the 11th straight season, the MIT men's tennis team has been recognized for its academic success by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) with the association's All-Academic Team award. In addition, six student-athletes from the program received ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, which marks the 11th time in the history of the award that at-least five individuals have been recognized by the ITA. In total, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes from across all three divisions, NAIA and JUCO were recognized by the ITA this year.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a student-athlete must be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters. The team must reach a cumulative GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) to be considered for the ITA All-Academic Team award.
Juniors Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.) were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the third time in their careers, while classmate Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and sophomore Nate Newhouse (New York, N.Y.) earned the honor for the second time in 2018. Additionally, freshman Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) was named to the list for the first time this spring.
MIT was joined by Springfield College as the only two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schools to earn the ITA All-Academic Team award in 2018. The Engineers also represented six of the 14 student-athletes from the NEWMAC to be named as ITA Scholar-Athletes as Springfield had six and Babson College had two.
In 2018, 13th-year head coach Dave Hagymas led the Engineers to the program's 20th straight NEWMAC Championship and to the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time in program history. MIT topped Wheaton and Babson in the conference tournament before sweeping Cabini in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. This spring, the Engineers registered a record of 12-8 overall and 6-0 in the NEWMAC.