SKILLMAN, N.J. – Gardner-Webb University men's tennis was recently named a 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team for its accomplishments in the classroom.
The Runnin' Bulldogs, under head coach Mike Griffith, compiled a 3.38 team GPA for the 2015-2016 year to earn the award. In order to be considered an ITA All-Academic Team, programs must carry at least a 3.2 team GPA.
Griffith's squad had the second-highest team GPA among men's teams at Gardner-Webb this past season.
Individually, three GWU student-athletes earned individual ITA All-Academic honors. To qualify, student-athletes must carry a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Freshman Johan Fors (Dalsjofors, Sweden) compiled a 3.73 GPA in his first year with the 'Dogs. Fors' major is undeclared. Fors forged a 2-1 singles mark in limited duty during his rookie campaign – and was 4-2 in doubles.
Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Lund, Sweden) carries a 3.67 cumulative GPA with a major in Economics and Finance at Gardner-Webb. Schmidt went 5-6 during his second season, including a 5-5 mark at No. 5 singles and a 3-3 mark in Big South Conference action.
Schmidt was a combined 7-7 in doubles action, including a 4-2 mark when teamed with Fors.
Freshman standout Maximilian Scholl (Stuttgart, Germany) was excellent in the classroom as well in his first year in Boiling Springs, forging a 3.72 cumulative GPA. His major is undeclared.
The 2016 Big South Conference Freshman of the Year finished with a 14-7 overall mark at No. 1 singles and was a brilliant 7-1 against league competition. Scholl combined with three different doubles partners to go 15-7. He and Nikita Zverkov went 10-3 together at No. 1 doubles in 2016.
The Runnin' Bulldogs welcome back a bulk of their frontline talent for the 2016-2017 campaign.