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July 17, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 2015 NCAA Champion Virginia men’s tennis team has been named a 2015 ITA All-Academic team while two players, Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) and J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.), were named ITA Scholar-Athletes in honors announced Thursday (July 16) by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Frank, a four-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree, earned his first ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition. The ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award winner concluded his senior season ranked No. 17 nationally in singles to earn All-America honors for the third time. The 2014 ACC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year was the 2015 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player after clinching Virginia’s 4-1 victory over top-ranked Oklahoma in the NCAA final.

Aragone, a 2015 All-ACC Academic Team honoree, was named the ACC Tournament MVP and earned a spot of the NCAA All-Tournament Team for his play at No. 3 doubles. The sophomore posted a 24-4 singles record and an 11-2 doubles record, going undefeated in ACC singles play for the second-consecutive year.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is presented to schools that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2014 and spring 2015). Virginia was one of three ACC schools to earn the accolade along with Notre Dame and Wake Forest.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

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