Men's Tennis team and eight players honored by ITA
The 2006 Coastal Carolina men's tennis teamConway, S.C. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced that the Coastal Carolina University men's tennis team has been named to the 2006 ITA All-Academic Team for the sixth year in a row. All eight players were also named as ITA Scholar Athletes, recent graduate Brian Dowis (Yorktown, Va./York), seniors Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton), Elliott Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado), Richard Redding (Winscombe, England/Queen Elizabeths Hospital), Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen's Mary College) and Ryan Vrba (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs (Elgin Community College) and juniors David Mellis (London, England/Goffs) and Ryan Weisband (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel).
The ITA All-Academic Team away is awarded to teams that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above. All eligible student-athletes who are on the roster and have competed in at least one varsity match average into the GPA for the academic year. The ITA Scholar-Athlete award is earned by a player following three criteria; they must be a varsity letterwinner, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
The Chanticleers had a 3.85 team GPA for the 2005-2006 academic year, the highest GPA for any of Coastals teams.
It is remarkable that every member of the program earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, Head Coach Chris Powers said. I have never heard of a team score so well with the yearly GPA. This honor is a tribute to their dedication in the classroom and the commitment we have at Coastal Carolina to develop student-athletes to their full potential.
Coastal returns seven players for the 2006-07 season, after finishing with a 15-8 overall record and a 4-3 Big South Conference record in 2005-06.