Tennis All-Academic Teams Announced

Go C-USA! Clifford Marsland, Tulsa
Clifford Marsland, Tulsa

April 16, 2013

IRVING, Texas - Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Conference USA Tennis All-Academic Teams. There are five men and women honorees that were voted onto the teams by the league's media relations directors for the sport. Honorees must hold a minimum 3.2 GPA and have competed in at least 75 percent of their team's scheduled matches. Eight of the 10 honorees boast academic marks better than 3.50.

Memphis junior Joe Salisbury earns his first Conference USA All-Academic award after producing a 3.74 GPA in business economics. He went 16-5 in singles play during the fall season, including winning his way from the prequalifying draw into the main draw at the ITA Men's All-American Championships. Salisbury also became the first Tiger in school history to play in the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships. With doubles partner David O'Hare, they currently appear at No. 51 in the ITA Rankings with a spring record of 8-2. The London native was selected to the 2012 All-C-USA Doubles first team. He's a five-time member of the Tiger 3.0 club, four-time Dean's List honoree and a three-time Tiger Academic 30 for having one of 30 highest GPAs in the athletic department. The tennis standout has appeared on the last three C-USA Academic Honor Roll's, has been a Commissioner's Academic Medalist twice as well as an ITA Scholar Athlete in 2011.

Carols Lopez Villa of Old Dominion has earned his first All-Academic honor with a 3.75 GPA in accounting. The sophomore from Madrid has played in all 16 dual matches this spring and owns an overall record of 18-1 at No. 1 singles. He was named C-USA Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week twice. Lopez Villa holds a 13-5 record in doubles with doubles partner Can Cetinel. A year ago, he earned All-CAA third team honors.

SMU's Mischa Nowicki is making his first appearance on the academic squad. The junior from Herdecke, Germany, owns a dual record to 10-7, splitting time at No. 4 and 5 singles. He teams up with Arturs Kazijevs to comprise the No. 83 doubles duo in the nation that's 11-3 in spring play. Nowicki is an accounting major who holds a 3.70 GPA.



The only repeat selection to the All-Academic team is Tulsa's Clifford Marsland. Marsland is one of two Golden Hurricane players ranked among the ITA's Top 125. He's enters the C-USA Tennis Championship as the highest ranked singles player at No. 48 where he's 15-3 in dual matches. The Perth, Australia native is a two-time All-C-USA Singles first team honoree as well as a two-time ITA Scholar Athlete and C-USA Player of the Week selection. The three-time C-USA Honor Roll member and 2011 ITA Scholar Athlete owns a 3.51 GPA in exercise and sports science.

UCF senior Jorge Blasco sports the only perfect 4.00 GPA among this year's honorees. The civil engineering major from Alicante, Spain, is currently enrolled in the Knight's civil engineering master's program. On the court, he holds an 11-8 singles record at No. 1. Blasco is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Academic medal recipient and three-time C-USA Academic Honor Roll recipient, plus a 2012 ITA Scholar Athlete.

Houston junior Celia Fraser holds a 3.91 GPA in finance and a spot on this year's All-Academic team. The Birmingham, England, native is a two-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient and 2012 ITA Scholar Athlete. She's riding a four-match winning streak and has won six of her last nine for a 10-7 mark at the No. 2 singles position. When paired up with teammate Maja Kazimieruk the two owns a team- and C-USA best 13-2 record at the No. 3 doubles slot. The duo has claimed 13-straight victories, including wins over teams from nationally ranked TCU and William & Mary.

Memphis' Courtney Collins is the lone repeat selection to the women's All-Academic Team. She's a two-time All-C-USA Singles first team pick and a 2010 second team honoree. The senior currently ranks No. 48 in the nation in singles and owns a 13-7 record, including a 12-7 record at No. 1. Collins, a native of Fulton, Miss., is a three-time C-USA Academic Medalist and ITA Scholar Athlete, plus a two-time C-USA All-Academic pick as well as a 2012 C-USA Scholar Athlete. She owns a 3.94 GPA as a graduate student in exercise and sport science and earned a bachelor's degree with a 3.84 GPA in interdisciplinary studies.

Rice is the only team to earned two all-academic honorees as sophomore Natalie Beazant and junior Dominique Harmath represents the Owls for the first time. Beazant, the 2012 C-USA Freshman and Player of the Year, is a two-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection that owns a 3.39 GPA in sports management. The Leigh, England, native is on a 14-match winning streak, owns a No. 1 singles record of 16-3 and ranks 43rd in the most recent ITA Rankings. Beazant participated in the 2012 NCAA Championships in both singles and doubles, reaching the second round in both. When teamed up with doubles partner Harmath the duo owns an 18-3 mark and ranks 20th in the nation.

Harmath enters this week's championship with a No. 2 singles record of 14-5 and national ranking of No. 70. The Toronto, Ontario, native owns a 3.42 GPA in kinesiology and plans on pursue a career in sports medicine. She's a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection as well as a 2013 Rice Honor Athlete. A year ago, the Harmath earned All-C-USA singles and doubles honors as well as participated in the NCAA Doubles Championship with Beazant.

Biology major Rachel Daniell of UAB rounds out this year's C-USA All-Academic honorees. The junior from Douglasville, Ga., holds a 3.92 GPA and was the recipient of the 2012 C-USA's Commissioner Academic Medal and Commissioner's Honor Roll. Daniell has tallied a 12-6 dual singles record and stands 10-6 when playing the No. 2 singles slot.

2013 C-USA Men's Tennis All-Academic Team
Joe Salisbury | Memphis | Junior | 3.74 GPA | Business Economics | London, England
Carlos Lopez Villa | Old Dominion | Sophomore | 3.75 GPA | Accounting | Madrid, Spain
Mischa Nowicki | SMU | Junior | 3.70 GPA | Accounting | Herdecke, Germany
**Clifford Marsland | Tulsa | Senior | 3.514 | Exercise and Sports Science | Perth, Australia
Joe Blasco | UCF | Senior | 4.00 GPA | Civil Engineering (master's) | Alicante, Spain

2013 C-USA Women's Tennis All-Academic Team
Celia Fraser | Houston | Junior | 3.91 GPA, Finance | Birmingham, England
**Courtney Collins | Memphis | Senior | 3.94 GPA Master's | Exercise and Sports Science | Fulton, Miss.
Natalie Beazant | Rice | Sophomore | 3.394 GPA | Sport Management | Leigh, England
Dominique Harmath | Rice | Junior | 3.415 GPA | Kinesiology | Toronto, Ontario
Rachel Daniell | UAB | Junior | 3.92 GPA | Biology | Douglasville, Ga.

*Repeat honorees

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