Men's Tennis: LC earns second straight ITA All-Academic award; four individuals named ITA Scholar-Athletes

Men's Tennis: LC earns second straight ITA All-Academic award; four individuals named ITA Scholar-Athletes

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2019 Academic Awards. In all, All-Academic honors were awarded to 940 teams and thousands of scholar-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored. The LaGrange men earned their second straight ITA All-Academic Team award. The Panthers were the only team in the USA South conference for the second year in a row to receive the honor.

Senior John Mitchell Benton, along with sophomores Caleb Edde, Trevor McLemore, and Caleb Tyler were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. All four players earned the honor for the second straight year.

"I'm very proud of this team and the success they had on the court and in the classroom," said Coach Matt Donnett. "Juggling a full academic calendar with the rigors of playing a collegiate sport for two semesters is very demanding." 

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). 

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).