July 24, 2018
By Joanne Norell
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team added a handful of academic honors to its 2018 haul Tuesday, as the Irish earned All-Academic Team recognition by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, while four individuals – sophomores Guillermo Cabrera and Johnathan Small and juniors Nathan Griffin and Alex Lebedev – claimed ITA Scholar-Athlete status.
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). All varsity letter winners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2017 and spring 2018).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letter winner, have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
It was the second academic honor of the season for Lebedev, who was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team along with graduated senior Brendon Kempin, fellow junior Grayson Broadus and freshmen Richard Ciamarra and Tristan McCormick.
Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame men’s tennis and fencing programs, in addition to assisting with football communications and overseeing production of the football Gameday Magazine. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.