Ruben Haggai earned all-academic honors for the second consecutive year.
Ruben Haggai earned all-academic honors for the second consecutive year.
Courtesy: America East Communications

2013 Menís and Womenís Tennis All-Academic Teams Announced

Release: 05/14/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Six men and seven women have been honored with a spot on the 2013 America East tennis all-academic teams, the conference announced today. These thirteen student-athletes were chosen for their excellence on and off the court.

Three all-conference performers highlight the men’s all-academic squad, including the Most Outstanding Player at this year’s America East Championship. Ruben Haggai (St. Denis, Reunion Island) earned that honor after his outstanding play helped Binghamton win a sixth straight conference title. Ismael Dinia (Rabat, Morocco) also earns recognition for his academic excellence in addition to his all-conference laurels. Binghamton teammate Robin Lesage (Mulhouse, France) is the third all-academic selection to also earn all-conference recognition.

Stony Brook senior Robert Forai (Novi Sad, Serbia), Hartford junior Alex Holdstein (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and Binghamton sophomore Florian van Kann (Frankfurt, Germany) round out the men’s squad as first-time selections.

The women’s all-academic team boasts two all-conference selections, including Boston University’s Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (Haltern am See, Germany). The junior earned first-team all-conference doubles honors this season and was also an all-academic selection in 2012. Katya Medianik (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also earned first-team all-conference singles honors in addition to her academic recognition.

Sarah Iannone (North Vancouver, British Columbia) is the other repeat selection on this year’s all-academic squad. She is joined by Binghamton’s Missy Edelblum (Roslyn, N.Y.), Hartford’s Christie Greenberg (Bristol, Conn.), Stony Brook’s Chloe Pike (Bristol, England) and Hartford’s Katina Zampas (Laguna Niguel, Calif.).

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.

For the fifth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time, for example, six student-athletes in the sport of tennis. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.