July 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s tennis program has been honored by the ITA with an All-Academic Team award, In addition redshirt junior Kevin Metka and redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz were recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member 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 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). This is the sixth team honor for Ohio State and the second in a row.
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 at their present school for at least two semesters.
Metka and Diaz are both natives of the Columbus area. Metka, who is majoring in mechanical engineering, was honored by the ITA for the second time, while Diaz – a neuroscience major – was honored for the first time in his career. Both also named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and Academic All-Big Ten selections this summer.
As a team in 2013-14, Ohio State finished 33-4, claiming its ninth-consecutive Big Ten regular season title and eighth Big Ten Tournament title in nine years. The team won the 2014 ITA Indoor title and advanced to its ninth-consecutive NCAA quarterfinal.