Clark Berry (JR/St. Charles, Mo.), Rahul Jilakara (JR/Glen Allen, Va.), and George Win (SR/Springfield, Mo.) were named 2019 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes for men's tennis in an announcement from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics this afternoon.
In order to be nominated by an institution, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
The NAIA named 120 men's tennis student-athletes from across the nation to the 2019 list.
It is the first year of eligibility for the award for Berry and Jilakara, who have recently completed their third (junior) academic year at STLCOP. Win, who earned the Heart of the Eutectic award for his four years on the men's tennis team at the Athletics Awards Banquet on April 29, finished his tennis eligibility this year. All three were starters for the STLCOP squad this spring.
The American Midwest Conference has never had the minimum six men's tennis teams required for AMC awards, so does not present All-Conference or Academic All-Conference awards.
Only two players in the history of STLCOP men's tennis have previously earned the award: Mensur Koso (JR/St. Louis, Mo.) in 2018 and Brad Rumancik in 2014.
To view the NAIA release and complete list of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes for men's tennis, click here.
To view the STLCOP men's tennis awards page, click here.