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Bobcat Men’s Tennis Wins Team, Individual Academic Honors from ITA

Rising sophomore Karol Malirz and rising junior Jorge Robinson
Rising sophomore Karol Malirz and rising junior Jorge Robinson

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently released its year-end academic honors, with Georgia College Men's Tennis bringing in both team and individual honors.

"I'm very proud of the way the men and women competed both on and off the court this year," said head coach Steve Barsby. "Awards like these are another example of the total student experience a Bobcat student-athlete is immersed in every day."

To bring in ITA All-Academic Team honors, the squad must have a 3.2 GPA or above. The Bobcat men boasted a 3.40 for 2021-22. It marks the third All-Academic Team honor in the last four years.

The Bobcats had an unprecedented six individual honorees make the ITA Scholar-Athlete list. Graduated senior Ben Grunert (Roswell, Georgia) led the way, joined by rising juniors Masumi Komada (Aichi, Japan), Enzo Sergi (Nice, France) and Jorge Robinson (Entre Rios, Argentina). Also on the list is a pair of rising sophomores in Gabriel Cizek (Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic) and Karol Malirz (Marbella, Spain).

Grunert brings in the honor for the fourth time in his career, while Sergi and Robinson take their second. For the remaining three it's their first career appearance on the list.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 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 at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).

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