NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A strong contingent represented Manchester University on the 2016-17 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Scholar-Athlete and Scholar Team awards release Tuesday, July 25.
Rising senior Kyler Love (North Webster, Ind.) and rising junior Connor Eichenauer (North Manchester, Ind.) gained Scholar Athlete accolades for the men's program. Coach Eric Christiansen's women's program, one of 720 teams noted in five men's and women's divisions, was tabbed an All-Academic Team. Individually, recent graduates Alaina Beckner (Columbia City, Ind.) and Adriana Brown (Columbia City, Ind.) joined rising seniors Mariam Ali (Giza, Egypt), Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.) and Katie Peden (North Manchester, Ind.) as Scholar-Athlete designees. The seven individual honorees were on a list of nearly 4,000 student-athletes recognized.
The 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 varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017). 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 through senior year).