DURHAM, N.C. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its academic awards, with Duke earning a spot on this year’s ITA All-Academic Teams list. In addition to the team honor, rising senior Nicolas Alvarez, rising juniors Ryan Dickerson, Jason Lapidus and Catalin Mateas, rising sophomore Robert Levine and recent graduate TJ Pura also received recognition as ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letterwinners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1. be a varsity letterwinner, 2. have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and 3. have been enrolled in his present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
Duke was one of just three ACC schools on the team list, joining Notre Dame and Virginia.
Alvarez earned a spot on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list for the third consecutive year with Pura earning his third overall selection. Lapidus and Mateas earned second-straight picks while Levine and Dickerson were first-time honorees.
Each member of the 2017 ITA All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes will receive a certificate to commemorate the accomplishment.