TEMPE, Ariz. (July 26) – For the tenth 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, five student-athletes from the program received ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, which marks the tenth time in the history of the award in which at-least five individuals have been recognized by the ITA. In total, 237 teams and 1,364 student-athletes were recognized 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.
Sophomores Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and Henry La Soya (Los Angeles, Calif.) were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the second time in their careers, while senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) and freshman Nate Newhouse (New York, N.Y.) earned the honor for the first time in 2017.
MIT was one of three schools in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to earn the ITA All-Academic Team Award in 2017 as Springfield College and Wheaton College joined the Cardinal and Gray on the list of 237 NCAA Division III programs to be named as an All-Academic Team. With five Scholar-Athletes, MIT ranked second only behind Springfield (6) in the league and was ahead of Wheaton College, which had two student-athletes earn the award.
In 2017, twelve-year head coach Dave Hagymas led the Engineers to one of their best season's in program history. A year that included the team's 19th straight NEWMAC Championship, the Cardinal and Gray posted 18 wins (18-5, 6-0 NEWMAC) and had a student-athlete, in Tyler Barr, qualify for the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship Tournament for the first time since 2012-13. MIT advanced through to the regional championship match of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second time in as many years and for the fourth time since 2009-10 after defeating No. 40 Stevens Institute of Technology, 5-1, in the second round.