The men’s and women’s tennis teams at the Daytona Beach Campus have been recognized as All-Academic programs for the 2013-2014 academic year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The achievement was one of many for the Embry-Riddle women’s team, which recorded one of the most successful campaigns in program history. The Eagles posted a cumulative team grade point average of 3.269, while Hui-I Huang (3.793, Safety Science), Anna Gotz (3.774, Software Engineering) and Kristina Marova (3.806, Business Administration) earned individual scholar-athlete honors.
On the court, the Blue and Gold went undefeated in conference play, at 7-0, on the way to the Sun Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The team was ranked second in the NAIA Postseason National Coaches' Poll and ended the season 18-6 overall.
Marova and Huang also won the 2013 ITA/NAIA National Doubles title and went wire-to-wire as the top-ranked tandem in the nation.
The Embry-Riddle men combined for a 3.45 cumulative team GPA, led by Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios and Juan Verberne who each had perfect 4.0 GPAs. Sanchez-Canamares (Business Administration) and Verberne (Aerospace Engineering) were both tabbed as ITA scholar-athletes along with Patrick Besch (3.875, Business Administration) and Simon Felix (3.889, Air Traffic Management).
The men’s team held on to the top spot in the NAIA national rankings for the entire season, finished as national runner-up and closed out the 2014 campaign at 21-4 after wrapping up the program’s 10th straight conference regular season and sixth conference tournament crowns. Deni Zmak and Simon Felix also captured an ITA/NAIA national doubles title and Zmak became the first student-athlete in program history to win the ITA/NAIA doubles and singles titles in the same season. As ITA Super Bowl champions, Zmak and Felix made headlines when they toppled UCLA, the third-ranked doubles team from NCAA I, at the ITA Division I National Indoor Championships. The duo spent the entire season at the top of the ITA/NAIA doubles poll, while Zmak topped the singles poll for the entire year.
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