Men's Tennis Named an ITA All-Academic Team, Three Honored as ITA Scholar-Athletes
TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of California San Diego men’s tennis team has been recognized as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team, while Sahm Irvine, Sreeganesh Manoharan, and Neil Tengbumroong were honored as ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athletes. The ITA announced the recipients on Thursday morning.
In order to qualify as an All-Academic Team, a squad must hold a cumulative team GPA of 3.20 or higher. The Tritons compiled a team GPA of 3.29. Individuals can garner All-Academic Scholar-Athlete status if they are varsity letter winners, have a GPA of at least 3.50 for the 2018-19 academic year, and have been enrolled at their institution for at least two semesters.
Human Biology major Manoharan and Computer Science major Tengbumroong have both received the ITA Scholar-Athlete accolade for two consecutive years. Irvine, who is majoring in Computer Engineering, is a first-time honoree as he just concluded his freshman season.
“I think they’ve chosen some difficult majors and it shows the type of scholar-athletes we have at UC San Diego,” said Head Coach Timmer Willing about Irvine, Manoharan, and Tengbumroong’s academic efforts. “They don’t shy away from challenges. It’s easy for me as a coach to come out and work with the type of scholar-athletes we have here.
“It’s funny because it’s almost an expectation from this team since I’ve been here,” said Willing about the Tritons’ All-Academic Team honor. “It’s almost not a surprise anymore. It’s not anything I push on them; it all comes from them. They make sure that they’re always on track.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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