Aug. 8, 2013
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's tennis team collected a quartet of academic awards from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, including a Division I Academic Team award. It is the first academic team award for the program under Head Coach Patrick Fisher.
"I'm really happy about our guy's earning this team award and earn it they did," said Fisher. "This was one of our goals going into the 2012-2013 season. Not many programs can claim winning on the court and in the classroom like we have done here at NIU and we expect both in our program. It has been over ten years since we last were recognized for this team award and I think the guys should be proud."
During the Huskies 2013 spring campaign, in which the Huskies finished the season 16-9 and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Championship final, Northern Illinois' nine athletes combined for a spring grade point average of 3.37, raising the team's cumulative GPA to 3.23.
Two Huskies, sophomore Frederic Cadieux (Verdun, Quebec, Canada/Ediuard-Montpetit) and junior Jovan Zeljkovic (Banja Luka, Bosnia/CSC Grammar School), earned a flawless 4.0 GPA during the spring semester while freshman Simon Formont (Orléans, France/Lycée Camille Claudel) finished the spring with a 3.80 GPA. Cadieux was a second team All-MAC pick as well as an Academic All-Mid American Conference selection last spring.
NIU will return six letterman from last season, including first team All-MAC selections Dor Amir (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Axel Lagerlof (Malmo, Sweden/Malmo Borgar School). The Huskies won the MAC Regular Season Championship in 2012 with a 21-7 register and went on to advance to the MAC Tournament final in 2013.
NIU, alongside Western Michigan, were one of two Mid-American Conference teams to earn the team academic award from the ITA.
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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2012 and spring 2013).
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 thorough senior year).
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