Newberry College tennis players Vinicius Botelho of Fortaleza, Brazil, and Mohammed Chakir of Rabat, Morocco have been named Scholar-Athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
To qualify for the ITA Scholar-Athlete award, a student-athlete must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.5 or above grade point average.
Botelho excelled on the courts and in the classroom, earning first team all-South Atlantic Conference honors as a true freshman while posting a 3.6818 grade point average, majoring in business administration. Botelho went 16-4 in singles action and went 4-15 in doubles. He was 8-1 in singles in conference matches.
Chakir was also solid in his freshman season, posting a 3.6034 grade point average, majoring in business administration. Chakir was 7-11 in singles action and carried a team-best 9-10 doubles record with Michael Saunders.
The duo was part of an excellent season for the Wolves as Newberry qualified for the Food Lion SAC Tournament with a roster consisting of all true freshmen.