MEN’S TENNIS EARNS ITA ACADEMIC TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's tennis squad received the All-Academic Team award from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for its work in the classroom.
In addition to the team award, sophomores Marek Marksoo and Tom Miller received ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In order to gain ITA All-Academic Team status, a program needed to post a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or better during the 2012-13 academic year. To receive ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the 2012-13 academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Of the team's six-man singles lineup, four of those players posted 2012-13 cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or better. Seven different players on last year's squad currently have overall grade point averages above a 3.0.
Marksoo was the Big Sky Conference's co-Most Valuable Player and a first team all-league choice while Miller received honorable mention all-league honors. Both players were instrumental in Sacramento State winning the Big Sky regular season and tournament championships while also advancing to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Marksoo finished the season with a 16-3 dual singles record, and won each of his final 13 singles matches of the year. The Tallinn, Estonia, native began the season as the team's No. 2 player, but moved up to No. 1 after just two matches. In addition, he became the fourth player in school history to receive a national singles ranking from the ITA, and climbed to as high as 117th in the nation (the ITA ranks the top 125 players).
Miller posted an 18-10 dual singles record, including 11-7 at No. 5 and 7-3 at No. 6. The Great Missenden, England, native won 15 of his final 18 singles matches of the season, and of those three losses, two came in three sets while the other came against a nationally ranked opponent. He posted a 9-1 singles record, and 9-2 doubles record against Big Sky opposition. Overall, he went 17-12 in doubles play.