STARKVILLE, Miss. – Behind strong performances on the court and in the classroom, Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team for District 6, CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) announced Thursday.
Earning his second-career Capital One All-District honor, the 103rd-ranked Stropp has been a dominant force for the Bulldogs throughout the 2014 campaign. Totaling 15 wins for the year, with nine coming in the spring, Stropp helped propel the Bulldogs to their fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance. Stropp’s highlight for the season was in doubles play, as he and sophomore Jordan Angus earned their second-straight NCAA Doubles Championship bid after posting 13 wins in the spring.
In the classroom, the MSU senior put together a 4.00 grade point average for the spring and will graduate this weekend with a 3.97 GPA in Business Administration. Stropp’s success off the court earned him the honor of being MSU’s male nominee for the SEC’s prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship. He is expected to earn ITA Scholar Athlete and SEC All-Academic honors for the fourth time in his career this summer.
As a district honoree, Stropp will now go on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America Team, which will be released in June.
“Extremely proud of Malte [Stropp] for how he’s performed in the classroom in his time here,” head coach Per Nilsson said. “He constantly strives to be the best on and off the court and it shows in his performance in practices, matches and the classroom.”
MSU men’s tennis, which made its 23rd NCAA Championship appearance in school history this season, was once again tops among all MSU sports this spring with a 3.77 team GPA.
The 2014 slate is not complete yet for the Maroon and White, as the 2014 NCAA Individual Championships await the Bulldogs. The 17th-ranked duo of Jordan Angus and Stropp earned their way into the doubles field of 32, while freshman Florian Lakat is the first alternate for the singles field of 64. Play begins May 21 in Athens, Ga.