SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced the All-Academic Teams and Scholar Athletes for the 2016 season. Northern Arizona University men's tennis player Adi Zilberstein, going into his junior year and majoring in Construction Management, landed on the All-Academic Team.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA or Junior/Community College eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year including fall 2015 and spring 2016.
"At its core, college tennis is about higher education! And, our sport has always been a leader when it comes to high performing scholar-athletes," said Timothy Russell, Chief Executive Officer of the ITA. "This group represents the best of the best, as do their coaches who regularly serve as such great teachers and mentors of our sport's finest young people. Hearty and well-deserved congratulations coupled with loud cheers go out to all of these superstars of intercollegiate athletics."
Zilberstein finished his sophomore season 1-1 on court five in singles matches and teamed up primarily with Lucas Taylor in doubles action. The tandem finished 4-5 overall on court two including a 3-3 mark in the Big Sky. Zilberstein is also a two-time Golden Eagle Award recipient, which recognizes NAU student-athletes with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better.
The full list of award winners can be found here.