Four Willamette Men's Tennis Players Qualify for ITA Scholar-Athlete List

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Four players on the Willamette University men’s tennis team have been named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2006-07 season, as selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Willamette men’s team also received the ITA Team All-Academic Award.

Bearcats included on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list for NCAA Division III men’s tennis teams were Geoff Klein (Jr., Sagle, ID/Sandpoint HS), Eric MacMillan (Jr., Twin Falls, ID/Twin Falls HS), Micah Mack (Fr., Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS) and Dmitriy Semeniakin (Jr., Woodburn, OR/Woodburn HS). In order to achieve ITA Scholar-Athlete status, tennis players were required to achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average (4.0 scale) during the 2006-07 academic year. They also had to be letterwinners on their respective teams and had to attend their current colleges or universities for at least one full academic year by the end of the 2006-07 season.

All of the athletes on Willamette’s men’s tennis team helped the Bearcats qualify for the ITA All-Academic Award. Willamette was one of only three teams from the Northwest Conference and one of just 37 NCAA Division III men’s tennis programs nationwide to receive the All-Academic Award. Teams honored by the ITA for their academic success had to achieve at least a 3.2 cumulative team GPA.

The Bearcats finished fifth in the Northwest Conference with an 8-8 record and received an NWC Tournament berth. Willamette edged the University of Puget Sound, 5-4, in the first round of the tournament, before falling to Whitman College, 9-0, in the semifinals. Linfield College claimed a 5-4 victory over the Bearcats in the third place match. Willamette finished the season with a 10-12 overall record.

Eric MacMillan played #1 singles and #1 doubles for the Bearcats in 2006-07.

Eric MacMillan played #1 singles and #1 doubles for the Bearcats in 2006-07.