May 9, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Lehigh junior Andrew Krentz was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's tennis and was one of six student-athletes selected to the Academic All-League team, it was announced Wednesday.
Voting was conducted by the League's men's tennis sports information directors who could not cast a ballot for their own student-athletes.
The six positions on the team were spread out evenly across that many schools, and were occupied by two seniors, three juniors and one sophomore.
Joining Krentz on the Academic All-League team were Bucknell junior Evan Zimmer, senior Connor Feuille of Colgate, Holy Cross sophomore Chris Brosnan, senior Andrew Morris of Lafayette and Navy junior Nicholas Gutsche.
Krentz posted a 12-8 singles record for the Mountain Hawks this season, including a 3-2 mark against Patriot League opponents during the regular season. He also logged a 10-10 doubles mark, and combined for a 2-2 record in the Patriot League Tournament last month. Lehigh advanced to the semifinals of the tournament, where it fell to defending champion Army. Krentz has been a three-year starter for the Mountain Hawks, where he has primarily competed at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles.
Krentz has shined academically at Lehigh, where he owns a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average where he's working on an integrated degree in engineering and arts and sciences. A native of Glencoe, Ill., Krentz is making his second consecutive appearance on the Academic All-League squad after earning a spot on last year's inaugural team. A multiple-year member of Lehigh's Dean's List, he has achieved a perfect 4.0 in three semesters, including in the spring and fall of 2011. He's a recipient of the Lehigh Faculty Athletic Council Academic Award, and earlier this year was selected as a Lehigh Martindale Scholar. A participant in the school's athletic department's Emerging Leaders Program, Krentz has already been named the team's Scholar-Athlete winner twice.
Krentz is Lehigh's first Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the sport since Ty Esler in 2004.
Zimmer joined Krentz as the other to make a repeat appearance on the Academic All-League team. Zimmer owns a 3.45 GPA at Bucknell as an accounting major, and is a three-time member of the school's Dean's List. Zimmer is the only student-athlete to earn both All-League and Academic All-League honors this season.
Feuille majors in English with a 3.82 GPA at Colgate, while Brosnan owns a 3.67 GPA studying economics and accounting at Holy Cross. Morris majors in mathematics and economics at Lafayette and carries a 3.39 GPA, while Gutsche owns a 3.25 GPA as a systems engineering major at Navy.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
2012 Patriot League Men's Tennis Academic Awards
Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Andrew Krentz, Lehigh, Jr.
Academic All-Patriot League
Evan Zimmer, Bucknell, Jr.
Connor Feuille, Colgate, Sr.
Chris Brosnan, Holy Cross, So.
Andrew Morris, Lafayette, Sr.
Andrew Krentz, Lehigh, Jr.
Nicholas Gutsche, Navy, Jr.