Men’s Tennis Earns ITA Academic Honors
BERKELEY – California men's tennis claimed several academic honors on Monday, as the Golden Bears were named an ITA All-Academic Team and five Bears – Bjorn Hoffmann, Jacob Brumm, Ben Draper, Can Kaya and Jack Molloy – garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.
To be named an ITA All-Academic Team, programs must meet the following requirements:
- have a team grade-point average of 3.2 or above (on a 4.00 scale),
- all student-athletes included should be listed on the institutional eligibility form, and
- all varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year.
Hoffmann, now a Cal graduate, was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the second straight season and for the third time overall, while rising seniors Kaya and Molloy claimed the honor for the second time each. This marked the first ITA individual academic laurels for rising seniors Brumm and Draper. To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must have a GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and must be listed on the institutional eligibility form.
The team's continued academic excellence was also reflected in its perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the fall and, in the spring, in its NCAA Public Recognition Award for a 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR). Molloy, Kaya, Brumm and Hoffmann were also among 76 Bears on the Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll.
On the court, Draper, Hoffmann, Kaya, Molloy and Brumm contributed to Cal's strong start to the abbreviated 2019-20 season. Hoffmann clinched Cal victories over Sacramento State and – in the Bears' last dual match – Nevada, while Draper secured a 4-2 win over No. 10 UCLA. Molloy had a No. 59 singles ranking and Kaya teamed with Paul Barretto to claim a No. 68 doubles mark in the final Oracle ITA polls of the season. In the fall, Brumm advanced to the singles round of 16 and, with Kent Hunter, reached the doubles quarterfinals of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships.