July 12, 2012
The Tennessee tennis team earned ITA All-Academic Team honors for the fourth consecutive year and collected five individual honors, the college tennis governing body announced.
Tennessee, which finished the season ranked 20th by the ITA, was one of eight schools in the top 25 to be recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team. To qualify for the award, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 for the school year.
Norton, a rising junior from Jackson, Tenn., has been named an ITA Scholar Athlete twice in his first two seasons with the Vols. He was among the six Vols to be named to the SEC Academic Honor roll, joining Chaplin, Swartz, Edward Jones, Taylor Patrick and Bryan Swartz.
Swartz, who wrapped up his eligibility in May, and rising senior Patrick have both been named to the conference honor roll three times in their careers.
In addition to winning on-court performances, the Vols have enjoyed considerable academic success during head coach Sam Winterbotham's first six seasons at Tennessee. The Vols have earned 34 SEC academic honors and 12 ITA Scholar Athlete awards during that time.
The Vols are set to return all six singles starters from a 2012 team that featured a trio of freshmen starting on the top three courts. The fall individual tournament season begins in September.