Aug. 13, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico men's tennis team was recognized recently by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an All-Academic team. UNM seniors Kamil Pajkowski and Max Jones were named ITA Scholar Athletes. This is the third time Pajkowski has been named an ITA Scholar Athlete, and the second time for Jones. It is the third time in four years the men's tennis team has won the All-Academic Team Award. UNM previously won the award in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
"It just goes to show that we aim for a lot more than just excellence on the tennis court," said head coach Alan Dils. "I think the two go hand-in-hand. If you perform in the classroom, it usually means you're a smart tennis player - something you need on the court."
Pajkowski and Jones were key members of the Lobos' 2008 Mountain West Conference championship team at No. 1 doubles. Jones led the Lobos at No. 1 singles, while Pajkowski anchored the team at No. 6 singles. Pajkowski and Jones are two of nine Lobo men's tennis players in the past six years to be honored by ITA. As to Pajkowski and Jones being named ITA Scholar Athletes, Dils couldn't be prouder.
"Both are going to graduate with honors," said Dils. "This is the third time Kamil has made the team, which shows his dedication to being a true scholar athlete."
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status an athlete must meet the following criteria: 1) must be a varsity letter winner, 2) they must have a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher for the current academic year, and 3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.