DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University men’s tennis team collected team and individual academic honors as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2014 All-Academic Teams. The Huskies received the All-Academic Team award and four student-athletes, Frederic Cadieux, Simon Formont, Matt Lynch and Carlos Manzanas were named ITA Scholar Athletes. This is the second consecutive season in which the Huskies have earned the academic team award
“It’s a credit to the type of guys we have on the team,” said NIU head coach Patrick Fisher. “We have really high-character guys on our team that value doing well on the tennis court and in the classroom. That classroom work is just as important as winning championships, our guys want to win a championship every year and they want to have the same success with school."
In the 2014 spring season, NIU posted an 18-6 overall record and claimed the Mid-American Conference regular season championship for the second time in the last three seasons. The Huskies finished the season ranked ninth in the Midwest Region by the ITA, and Fisher was named MAC Coach of the Year.
Cadieux, a junior, and Formont, a sophomore, led the Huskies on and off the tennis court. Each posted grade-point averages of 3.83. Cadiuex finished 2013-14 with a 28-9 singles record and earned Second Team All-MAC honors while Formont held a 23-9 singles mark. As a pair, Cadiuex and Formont recorded a 17-8 record in doubles this past season. The duo were both named to the Academic All-MAC team earlier this spring
Freshmen Lynch and Manzanas each had successful rookie campaigns for the Huskies. Lynch earned a 3.93 GPA while producing a 19-8 record on the court while Manzanas collected a 4.0 GPA and a 18-5 singles record in 2013-14.
“I’m particularly proud of Matt (Lynch) and Carlos (Manzanas), coming in and hitting the ground running,” said Fisher. “They made a huge impact on our team and credit goes to the leadership of our older guys getting them off on the right foot. (Two years ago) Fred (Cadieux) came in and did awesome academically and played well, followed by Simon (last year). That is the expectation for what our program is about and I’m very proud of our guys.”
The ITA All-Academic Team award is given to any member program with a cumulative team GPA of 3.2 or greater, while the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award is given to letter winners with a 3.5 GPA or higher.