Aug. 25, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team has been honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as one of 52 teams to receive ITA All-Academic Team honors. This marks the fourth occasion the Spartans have been honored by the ITA and the third straight year. To be eligible, a team must compile a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.20 or above in the current academic year. Individually, MSU saw four student-athletes receive ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Freshmen Denis Bogatov (Gurnee, Ill.) and Christian Roehmer (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.), as well as junior John Stratton (Monroeville, N.J.) and senior Joe Vallee (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) all earned individual recognition.
Student-athletes must achieve at least a 3.50 grade-point average in the current academic year and be listed as a letterwinner for the corresponding season.
Bogatov led the team during the dual season, posting a 17-8 singles record. He saw action primarily at the No. 3 singles position. Bogatov was also tied for second on the team with 13 doubles wins during the spring.
Rohemer finished the 2009-10 season with four singles wins. He also added two doubles victories to his resume.
Stratton ended the dual season with 11 singles wins, five of which occurred at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, and the other at No. 3. Stratton also tallied nine doubles wins during the spring. Eight of his doubles victories were at No. 1, while the other was at No. 2 doubles. For Stratton, this marks his third occurrence on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list.
Vallee saw limited time in the singles lineup, however he compiled five wins throughout the year. The senior was also tied with Bogatov with 13 doubles wins during the dual season. This marks Vallee's first ITA Scholar-Athlete honor.
The Spartans open the 2010-11 fall campaign with the Frank Beeman Invitational Sept. 10-11.