BERKELEY – A perennial men’s tennis powerhouse on the court, Peter Wright’s California squad likewise flexes its muscles in the classroom, and the ITA has taken note. Five Golden Bears – Gregory Bayane, Nikhil Jayashankar, Chase Melton, Jack Sanford and Wyatt Houghton – claimed ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete recognition for the 2012-13 season, the organization announced on Wednesday. The California men’s tennis team also earned an ITA All-Academic Team honor.
This is the second straight ITA Scholar Athlete honor for Bayane, who will be a junior this fall, and the first ITA academic accolade for fellow juniors Jayashankar, Melton and Sanford as well as Houghton, a sophomore.
In order to achieve ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must: 1) be a varsity letter winner; 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the current academic year; and 3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
In addition to the individual scholar-athletes, Cal joined fellow Pac-12 schools Oregon, Stanford and Washington as ITA All-Academic Teams. To receive this recognition, an institution must have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
Bayane and Melton – who paired to post a 12-7 record in doubles in 2012-13 – earned additional academic kudos in May, when Bayane garnered a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic first team and Melton earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
On the court, the Bears contributed to Cal’s 2013 postseason run, which ended in the NCAA round of 16. Cal opens play this fall from Sept. 13-15 in the Boston Invitational.