Two Men's Tennis Players Earn ITA Academic Recognition|
July 28, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Two members of the UNLV men’s tennis program have been named ITA Scholar-Athletes for 2017.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a letterwinner, have a GPA of at least 3.50 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Departing senior Jakob Amilon added to his impressive haul of awards during his Rebel career with the final kudos from the classroom. On the courts, the 2017 Mountain West Player of the Year and ITA Senior Player of the Year earned a league-leading four conference player of the week nods during the spring to give him six in his career.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Amilon won the ITA Mountain Region Singles Championship back on October and was named All-MW in singles with a 20-11 mark and doubles with a 20-8 record. He also was named the 2016-17 UNLV Mehdi Bouras Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which carries the name of the late Rebel tennis great.
All-MW doubles honoree Evaldo Neto, a native of Salvador, Brazil, who will be a junior in the fall, was the Rebels’ other ITA Scholar-Athlete on the list. The business major earlier this month was one of seven UNLV men’s players, including Amilon, to be named 2017 Academic All-Mountain West.
In addition, Neto and Amilon were joined by freshman Kevin Chau in being named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, which goes to those on the roster with a cumulative GPA or 3.5 or better.