by Ed Beach
The Drury men’s tennis team was honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with a Team Academic Award, and eight members of the squad were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2019-20 season.
Programs must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better among each of its lettermen to be considered for the ITA All-Academic Team award. Student-athletes, meanwhile, had to carry a minimum of a 3.50 GPA, earn a varsity letter, and be enrolled at the institution for both the fall and spring semesters to be eligible for Scholar-Athlete honors.
Gabriel Barrientos (Sr., San Jose, Costa Rica), Augustin Diot (Jr., Thoiry, France), Van Hopkins (Jr., St. Joseph, Mo.), Gregor Kokalj (Jr., Litija, Slovenia), Nick Parker (Sr., Springfield, Mo.), Paul Porcher (Sr., Saint-Valerien, France), Leonard Cerri (Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Spencer Weller (Sr., Springfield, Mo.) all earned academic honors from the ITA. All eight players won the award last year.
Drury will announce the women’s tennis team honors from the ITA later this week.
The Drury men’s tennis team finished 2020 with a 10-0 record and a number eight national ranking in the final NCAA-II poll. Drury’s season was halted on March 12 due to concerns regarding the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.