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Liberty Men's Tennis Receives ITA All-Academic Team Award and Has Five Scholar-Athletes

July 28, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty featured five ITA Scholar-Athletes for a third straight year.

Liberty featured five ITA Scholar-Athletes for a third straight year.

2020 ITA All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes - Division I Men

The Liberty men's tennis squad has earned 2020 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team honors, featuring five ITA Scholar-Athletes.

For the third straight year, the Flames feature five scholar-athletes to bring the total to 15 during head coach Derek Schwandt's three years at Liberty.

The ITA All-Academic Team award honors programs which held a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or above during the 2019-20 school year. Liberty posted a 3.40 GPA this past school year and holds a 3.55 cumulative team GPA, the highest of any men's program on campus.

The ITA Scholar-Athlete distinction is given to student-athletes who are varsity letter winners, 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. Sophomore William Barker, senior Chase Burton, sophomore Steve Mundt, freshman Deji Thomas-Smith and sophomore Josh Wilson all earned ITA Scholar-Athlete distinction.

A total of 979 Division I men's tennis student-athletes were named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, while 186 men's tennis programs were awarded the All-Academic Team honor.

William Barker | Sophomore | Statesville, N.C.
• 2019-20 GPA: 3.72
• Major: Biomedical Sciences/Pre-Med
• Two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020)
• Claimed 10 doubles matches and seven singles contests on the year, posting a record above .500 in both
• Posted 3-1 singles record at Flames Invitational, Nov. 8-10

Chase Burton | Senior | Naples, Fla.
• 2019-20 GPA: 3.88
• Major: Business Administration: Entrepreneurship (graduated in May)
• Four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
• 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team®
• VaSID Academic All-State Team
• Established new program record with his 75th career singles win on Feb. 21 at Penn State and finished career with 77 singles victories and 52 doubles wins

Steve Mundt | Sophomore | Berlin, Germany
• 2019-20 GPA: 3.71
• Major: Business Administration
• Two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020)
• Posted 13 singles victories and 11 doubles wins, including a team-best six doubles triumphs in spring competition
• Record team-best 4-2 doubles mark in the spring with partner Chase Burton

Deji Thomas-Smith | Freshman | London, United Kingdom
• 2019-20 GPA: 3.71
• Major: Psychology
• First ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition
• Won 15 singles matches and tied for the team lead with 14 doubles triumphs
• Reached the doubles main draw final at the ITA Atlantic Regional at Virginia with partner Nicaise Muamba, compiling a 5-1 record

Josh Wilson | | Freshman | Reigate, United Kingdom
• 2019-20 GPA: 4.0
• Major: Business Administration
• Two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020)
• VaSID All-State singles second team
• Led conference with three ASUN Player of the Week honors
• Provided match-clinching fourth point in Flames' 4-3 win at Virginia Tech, Feb. 9