TEMPE, Ariz. – Following a strong academic year, Appalachian State University men’s tennis was named to the ITA All-Academic Team on Tuesday, while Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) and Alexander Free (Johns Creek, Ga./James Madison) earned Scholar-Athlete status, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced.
A total of 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.
The trio of Brea, Carter, and Free receive the award for the first time in their careers. Six Mountaineers recorded a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
Boasting a stellar 3.94 GPA, Free posted the highest average on the team and graduated in May. The recent graduate posted a pair of wins in singles play including his Senior Day win against Campbell. He later turned to the coaching side as a volunteer for the rest of the campaign, contributing to App’s upset over No. 2 seed Louisiana in the Sun Belt Championship.
Brea wrapped up his junior season and posted an excellent 3.83 GPA majoring in finance and banking. The Charlotte, N.C., native notched four doubles wins and one singles victory. He helped App net a third straight winning campaign and an upset over No. 2 seed against Louisiana in the opening round of the Sun Belt Tournament.
Carter, an exercise science major, earned a sterling 3.71 grade point average in his first year on campus. He finished his freshman season with a 6-6 mark in singles and a 2-1 record in doubles play. Highlighting his first year was a match-clinching victory against EKU in a 4-3 win.
To earn an ITA All-Academic Team award, teams must have a cumulative grade average of 3.20 or above (4.0 scale). ITA Scholar-Athletes must reach a GPA of at least 3.50 on the current academic year.
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