Tusculum men's tennis named ITA All-Academic Team for 10th straight year

Tusculum men's tennis named ITA All-Academic Team for 10th straight year

SKILLMAN, N.J. --- The Tusculum College men's tennis program is one of 60 colleges and universities in NCAA Division II to be recognized to the 2015-2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team.  The Pioneers also had all eight of its team members earn ITA Scholar Athlete distinction including: Toby de Klerk, Tashique Kader, Eduardo Muñoz, Fabian Paier, Leon Seiz, David Siegle, Tim Stierle and Jonas Winkelmann.

The ITA All-Academic Team Award is presented to any ITA program that has above a 3.2 cumulative grade point average for the academic year.  ITA Scholar Athletes are student-athletes who are a varsity letter-winner, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

The Pioneers boasted an impressive 3.825 team GPA for this academic year and their 3.646 cumulative GPA is the best of Tusculum's 16 sponsored sports.  Five South Atlantic Conference men's tennis programs earned ITA All-Academic Team distinction this year including Tusculum, Anderson University, Brevard College, Coker College and Mars Hill University.  This marks the 10th straight year Tusculum has earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award.

The TC women's tennis team also earned ITA All-Academic Team honors, making Tusculum one of only 49 DII colleges and universities to earn this award for both the men and women's programs.

Winkelmann, a native Böblingen, Germany, posted a 3.92 GPA this academic year and earns his four ITA Scholar Athlete accolade.   The business administration major is a member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Dean's List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.  He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® third team for a second straight year.  He graduated from Tusculum with a 3.68 cumulative grade point average in May and was named the 2016 SAC Men's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year.

During the 2016 season, Winkelmann posted a 13-9 singles record, including an 8-3 mark in SAC play.  His doubles tandem went 20-2 overall and 10-1 in league action.  He has earned All-SAC honors in each of his four seasons as a Pioneer and was named the SAC Player of Week three times in his career.  He was a key player for a team that went 37-5 in the SAC during his time on the squad and earned three conference championships.  He finished his career with a 60-22 record in singles play and a 74-11 record in doubles action.

Stierle, a product of Böblingen, Germany, earns his first ITA Scholar Athlete accolade.  He has a 3.60 cumulative GPA, including 3.72 last year while majoring in business administration.  He is a member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Dean's List and Charles Oliver Gray honors list.

Stierle was 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, marking the fourth consecutive year that a Pioneer has earned the league's top tennis honor.  He garnered All-SAC first team distinction in both singles and doubles and finished the season with a 17-2 record in singles, including an 11-0 mark in conference matches. Stierle went 15-2 at number-one singles for the Pioneers, with his only losses coming to ranked opponents, including the top-ranked player in the NAIA.  He finished the season ranked 20th in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region.

David Siegle, a rising senior from Ditzingen, Germany is majoring in information technology and has a 3.70 cumulative GPA and posted a 3.88 average in 2015-2016.  He is making his third appearance as an ITA Scholar Athlete.  He is a member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Dean's List.  He is also the recipient of the Elva Shipley Meyer '28 Endowed Scholarship. Through his first three Tusculum campaigns, Siegle has a 20-15 singles worksheet, while going 28-20 in doubles action.

Rising junior Tashique Kader earns ITA Scholar Athlete honors for a second straight year.  The Obertshausen, Germany native has a 3.81 cumulative GPA (3.96 this academic year), is majoring in business administration and is a member of the Dean's List, Athletic Director's Honor Roll, SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.

Kader earned All-SAC accolades with doubles partner Leon Seiz for a second straight year as the duo went 15-5, including 9-2 in SAC play. Kader posted a 16-7 singles record, mostly at the fourth flight to improve his career record to 31-10.

Seiz, a rising senior from Ludwigsburg, Germany, received ITA Scholar Athlete standing for a second time in his career.  He has a 3.53 cumulative GPA, including 3.83 this past academic year.  He is a member of the Dean's List, Charles Oliver Gray Honors List, SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll. Seiz finished with a 12-9 singles record this past season to improve to 45-16 for his Tusculum career.

Toby de Klerk, a native of Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, has a 3.59 GPA and is majoring in business administration at Tusculum.  He is a member of the Dean's List, SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Tusculum Athletic Director's Honor Roll.  In his second Tusculum campaign, de Klerk went 12-2 in singles (5-2 SAC) and 15-2 in doubles play (6-1 SAC) for the Pioneers.

Eduardo Muñoz and Fabian Paier are making their inaugural appearances on the ITA Scholar Team.

Muñoz, a rising sophomore from Burgos, Spain, finished his rookie campaign with a 3.73 GPA and is a member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Dean's List.  He went 10-12 in singles against, including 7-10 at the No. 2 flight.  He posted an 11-6 record in doubles, including 10-2 with de Klerk at the third flight, including 6-1 in SAC action.

Paier, a rising sophomore from Feldbach, Austria, accounted for a perfect 4.00 GPA and was the co-recipient of the Tusculum Freshman of the Year Academic Award.  He earned a spot on the President's List, SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Dean's List and Tusculum Athletic Director's Honor Roll.  On the court, he posted a perfect 4-0 record in singles and went 4-1 in doubles play.

Tusculum finished the season with 19-4 record and captured the SAC Championship for a third time in four years and sixth league crown overall. The 19 wins are the second most in program history.