Men's Tennis Program Well-Represented Among ITA All-Academic Awards

Aug. 4, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- The 2008-09 Stanford men's tennis team has earned the distinction of being one of 47 teams in the nation honored as a 2009 ITA All-Academic Team.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team GPA of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2008 and spring 2009).

This represents the sixth time Stanford has earned this honor since the award's inception in 2002, having previously been selected in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Meanwhile, nine members of the team were also selected as 2009 ITA Scholar-Athletes: Matt Bruch, Alex Clayton, Greg Hirshman, Kevin Kaiser, Paul Morrissey, Blake Muller, Ryan Thacher, Richard Wire and Jeff Zeller.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1) be a varsity letter winner, 2) have a GPA 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).

The Cardinal (20-6, 3-3 Pac-10) made its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance since 1977, reaching the round of 16 for the first time since 2006. Stanford earned a No. 1 national ranking for the first time since 2002 after defeating both USC and UCLA and notching an 11-1 record near the midway point of the season. Bradley Klahn became only the fourth player in school history to win both the Pac-10 singles and doubles titles. Alex Clayton earned his second ITA All-American distinction by advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship.

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