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Four Cougars named ITA Scholar-Athletes

By Jason Kitchen

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 14 2014 12:44 p.m. MDT

PROVO — Junior Francis Sargeant and freshmen Juan Canales, Matthew Pearce and Robin Pfister were all named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes on Thursday. This is the second consecutive year BYU athletes have been recognized.

To receive the honor, a student-athlete must fulfill three criteria – the athlete must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for the current academic year and have been enrolled at the present school for at least two semesters.

“I’m proud of these players for getting it done both on the court and in the classroom,” said head coach Brad Pearce. “After all, they are student-athletes.”

The Cougars are preparing for another season and will look to build on last year’s fifth place finish in the WCC. Sargeant, entering his senior season, continues to rise in the record books for singles victories in BYU history. He has the eighth most wins by a Cougar, with 80 victories. He needed 44 victories to break the all-time BYU record.

BYU opens the fall season in September with the Utah Fall Tennis Classic in Provo before beginning its regular season and West Coast Conference play in January.

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