It was announced earlier today that the University of Redlands men's tennis program was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for its academic prowess. As a team, the Bulldogs landed among the nearly 50 NCAA Division III teams to boast a combined cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher while including their entire roster. In addition, senior Anish Nanda (Cerritos, CA), sophomores Gram Leahy (Portland, OR) and Max Licona (Culver City, CA), and freshman Jacob Lousche (Bakersfield, CA) collected individual honors as ITA Scholar-Athletes. In order to qualify, these varsity letter-winners must own a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the 2012-13 academic year after completing at least two semesters at Redlands.
Redlands joins fellow Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) foes, Caltech and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, among those that earned ITA All-Academic Team status.
Individually, Nanda is a four-time recipient of the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award. Leahy and Licona are also repeat honorees after garnering this distinction during their rookie campaigns.
Overall, this quartet of competitors contributed to the Bulldogs' third-place finish among the highly-touted SCIAC before making their 12th trip to the NCAA Division III Championships during Head Coach Geoff Roche's 14-year tenure. The campaign culminated in the program's highest year-end national ranking since 2009, coming in at 14th among the best of the best according to the ITA.
For a complete list of the honorees, please visit the ITA web site.