STARKVILLE, Miss. – Another year, another successful effort in the classroom, as the Mississippi State men’s tennis Bulldogs finished the 2014 spring semester with a 3.77 grade point average, which stands as the highest amongst all MSU sports for the 2014 spring semester.
Seven scholarship student-athletes received Presidential Scholar honors by earning GPA’s of 3.80 or higher. Of those seven, freshmen Rishab Agarwal, Florian Lakat and Egbert Weverink, along with senior Malte Stropp earned a perfect 4.00 in the classroom for the spring. Jordan Angus (3.81), Robin Haden (3.80) and Zach White (3.80) also earned Presidential Scholar honors.
Stropp, who was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 team on Thursday, is slated to graduate from Mississippi State on Saturday with a 3.97 GPA in Business Administration.
“We ask a lot of our players, both on and off the court,” head coach Per Nilsson said. “I’m extremely proud of their accomplishments in the classroom. They take a lot of pride in their work and it shows. They are prime examples of what it means to be student-athletes.”
MSU men’s tennis, which made its 23rd NCAA Championship appearance in school history this season, was also announced tops amongst all MSU sports in the annual NCAA APR for the third-straight season.
The Bulldogs capped the 2014 season with a 19-11 record, including the program’s fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance. Highlighting the 2014 campaign were 13 wins against ranked opponents, including a 4-3 defeat of No. 4 Georgia earlier in the season at the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship. The win gave the Bulldogs their first win against a top-five squad since 2011 and the first against UGA since 2005.
Individually, the Bulldogs’ season is not finished, as State’s duo of Angus and Stropp earned their second-straight NCAA Doubles Championship bid, while SEC Freshman of the Year and All-SEC Second Team honoree Florian Lakat earned first alternate for the 64-player NCAA singles field. Play for the tournament begins May 21 in Athens, Ga.