Dec. 26, 2006
Atlanta – Six members of the men’s tennis team earn spots on the Dean’s List for the 2006 fall semester, announced head coach Kenny Thorne Tuesday.
Seniors Zach Rath and Eric Molnar, along with juniors Jordan DeLass, David North, Scott Blackmon and Jose Muguruza all maintained at least a 3.00 GPA for the past semester, to earn Dean’s List honors.
“We require a lot of time for practice, matches and travel,” said Thorne. “So to have six of our nine players make the Dean’s List is simply a great accomplishment.”
Rath leads this group of talented student athletes as the only returning senior on the 2006-07 men’s tennis squad. The six-foot-one Montreal native is majoring in Management and represents his team on the Georgia Tech Student Athlete Advisory Board.
Molnar, also a senior, transferred to Georgia Tech from Colorado and is adapting to the demanding curriculum well, finding himself on the Dean’s List in his first semester at Tech. Molnar, from Ontario, Canada, is majoring in Management.
DeLass, a junior also majoring in Management, led the Jackets in the spring of 2006 with an impressive 12 singles victories. DeLass hails from nearby Marietta, Ga. and participated in a Lincoln, Neb. independent study before enrolling as a freshman at Georgia Tech.
North was the first freshman in Georgia Tech school history to earn All-America honors, and is currently ranked No.10 in the ITA Mideast Region. He led the team with a 14-and-4 singles record this fall. The Durban, South Africa native is majoring in Industrial Engineering, and has made the Dean’s List three times before.
Blackmon, also a junior, hails from Pensacola, Fla. and is majoring in Management. He also earned Dean’s List honors in the spring of 2006.
Muguruza, a native of Wesley Chapel, Fla., is a red-shirt junior and is also majoring in Industrial Engineering. This is his third time on the Dean’s List at Tech.
“We also try to have our guys take a tougher class schedule in the fall than spring, so they definitely excelled” gushed Thorne. “I could not be prouder of them.”