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Flames Earn ITA All-Academic Team Award and Feature Five Scholar-Athletes

July 19, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Liberty Flames men’s tennis team received the honor of 2019 ITA All-Academic Team and featured five ITA Scholar-Athletes.

The Liberty Flames men's tennis team received the honor of 2019 ITA All-Academic Team and featured five ITA Scholar-Athletes.

2018-19 ITA All-Academic Teams & Scholar-Athletes - Division I Men

The Liberty Flames men's tennis team received the honor of 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team and featured five ITA Scholar-Athletes.

The ITA All-Academic Team award consists of programs which maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or above during the 2018-19 school year. Liberty posted a 3.38 GPA this past academic year and holds a 3.27 cumulative team GPA. Both marks are the highest of any Flames men's team on campus.

Liberty freshman William Barker, junior Chase Burton, senior Eddie Gutierrez, freshman Steve Mundt and freshman Josh Wilson were each named ITA Scholar-Athlete recipients.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition, a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of 3.50 or above for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters. This is the second straight year that Liberty has been named an ITA All-Academic Team and had five ITA Scholar-Athletes.

This year, the ITA saw an increase in qualifying teams and scholar-athletes, with 940 squads receiving all-academic team distinction.           

William Barker
Barker achieved a 3.65 GPA in his first year with the Flames and intends on majoring in biomedical sciences. The Statesville, N.C., native collected eight singles wins and six doubles victories in his first season.

He finished 3-1 in singles in his first-ever home tournament, the Liberty University Invitational (Sept. 28-30). Barker won four of his seven spring doubles matches.

Chase Burton
Burton is receiving his third straight ITA Scholar-Athlete distinction. The Naples, Fla., native was named ASUN Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a 2018-19 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State Team member. He also earned the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award.

Burton is majoring in business administration and carries a 3.92 overall GPA. He achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA, this year. On the court, Burton and his doubles partner Nicaise Muamba earned VaSID All-State doubles team distinction and finished the year as the No. 10 doubles unit in the Atlantic Region.

Burton closed his junior campaign with 19 singles victories and 15 doubles triumphs. He will enter his senior season ranked 10th in program history in career singles victories (60), needing 15 more victories to become the program's all-time leader.

Eddie Gutierrez
Gutierrez is now a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete after receiving the honor for the first time in 2018. The Mexico City, Mexico, native produced a 3.78 GPA during the 2018-19 school year in his final season with the Flames. Earlier this week, he was named to the 2018-19 ASUN Conference Spring Winners for Life Team.

Gutierrez graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in business administration: international business and will continue his education at the Liberty University School of Law, this fall. On the court, he tallied 16 singles victories and eight doubles triumphs and earned ASUN Player of the Week honors on April 10. The senior wrapped up his career with 70 singles wins, the sixth most in program history.

Steve Mundt
Mundt is a first-time ITA Scholar-Athlete honoree, earning a 3.80 GPA in his first year at Liberty. He intends to major in business administration.

The first-year player from Berlin, Germany, totaled 11 doubles wins and four singles victories in his first spring with the Flames. Mundt and his doubles partner, junior Vince Salas, led all Liberty duos in the spring with 11 victories against just six losses.

Josh Wilson
Wilson excelled in the classroom in his first year in Lynchburg with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The Reigate, United Kingdom, native plans to major in business administration: economics.

In addition to his strong performance in the classroom, Wilson was named ASUN Freshman of the Year, ASUN All-Conference first team, ASUN All-Freshman team and VaSID All-State singles first team. He won 22 singles matches this past season (tied for sixth most in single season in school history) to go along with a team-best 18 doubles victories. The freshman also earned ASUN Player of the Week recognition on Jan. 30, went 6-1 in ASUN singles bouts and ended the year as the No. 17-ranked singles player in the Atlantic Region.