College Men’s Tennis News – Guilford Honored For Academic Excellence

TEMPE, Ariz. – Guilford College and four Quakers’ student-athletes were among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) 2017 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes announced Tuesday. In all, 720 teams and 3,908 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria:
– be a varsity letter winner
– have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year
– have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year)

The Quakers’ men’s tennis team, coached by Dave McCain, posted a 3.35 team grade point average for the 2016-17 academic year. The following students earned ITA Scholar-Athlete commendation: Senior Levi Bruff (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson), senior Mason Church (Wilkesboro, N.C./Millers Creek Christian), freshman Tate Godwin (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carolina Friends), and senior Aaron Smedley (West Chicago, Ill./Bartlett). Bruff, Church, and Smedley also earned the honor in 2014-15.

Levi Bruff 2017
Senior Levi Bruff (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson)

Mason Church Guilford 2017
Senior Mason Church (Wilkesboro, N.C./Millers Creek Christian)

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Freshman Tate Godwin (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carolina Friends)

Aaron Smedley Guilford 2017
Senior Aaron Smedley (West Chicago, Ill./Bartlett)