Nine Honored With ITA Scholar-Athlete Award

Aug. 21, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nine Yale tennis players have been honored with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Scholar-Athlete Award.

Six members of the men's tennis team - Matt Feldman '06, Milosz Gudzowski '06, Chris Lawler '07, Joe Vellanikaran '08, Josh Lederman '09 and Tom Santoro '09 - and three members of the women's team - Olivia Nix `07, Rashmee Patil '07 and Aimee Kim `07 - all won the award given to any varsity athlete who attains at least a 3.5 GPA in the previous year.

The six men's team honorees marked second-highest number of Scholar-Athlete winners in the nation in men's tennis. Yale has been in the top-two in the country for each of the past four years.

The Bulldog men and women also won the ITA All-Academic Team award for 2006, given to any varsity team that achieves a team GPA of 3.2 or higher for the previous year. Yale men's tennis has been recognized every year since the award's inception in 1996, and is the only Ivy League team to do so.

"I am very proud of my team's academic success," said Cary Leeds Head Coach of Men's Tennis Alex Dorato. "I admire in them that take the same competitive spirit that makes them great tennis players and apply that toward excelling academically."

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