Bobcat Men, Kinsler Honored for Academics by ITA

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SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently released its All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes, with Georgia College men's tennis earning All-Academic Team and Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Ga.) picking up his first ITA Scholar-Athlete award.

The Bobcats are one of just 30 Division II men's tennis programs to earn All-Academic Team honors this season and join Lander University and Francis Marion University as the only three from the Peach Belt Conference. The last time Bobcat Men's Tennis reached this elite milestone was 2005. 

A rising sophomore, Kinsler nabs an ITA Scholar-Athlete award. The last GC men's tennis player to earn a slot on the list was Jerome Leborgne in 2012.

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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).

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).

The Bobcats lose just one senior from a 2014 squad that went 14-8 with a 6-4 PBC mark. Rising junior Yannick Hass was named to the All-PBC First Team in singles, and teamed with the lone senior Alex Schubert for an all-conference second team slot. The Bobcats made an appearance in the PBC Semifinals, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight season.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.