Men's Tennis Team

The Wayne State Department of Athletics announced a 3.31 cumulative GPA of the student-athlete population earlier this summer.

During the winter semester, 72 percent of Warrior athletes finished with a GPA above 3.0; 39 athletes secured a 4.0 term GPA, with more than 20 reaching the feat during their competition season.

Men's tennis coach Bryan Morrow, who had four players earn a 4.0 last semester, said that it's not uncommon for the team to perform better during the season.

"I've been really fortunate to have really good student-athletes and good students," he said.

Morrow added that the support that the athletic department provides also plays a role in his team's success in the classroom.

"I think the work that the athletic department does with Candace Howard and Kim Clexton helping (athletes) set up (their) schedules and helping them with anything they need with tutoring is a big part of (their success)," Morrow said.

Junior linebacker Ryan Smith, a criminal justice major who posted a 4.0 in both semesters, said reaching the mark was a big deal.

"I definitely pride myself on my academics and one of the goals that I wrote down before the school year was to reach a 4.0," Smith said. 

Smith has been named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in every semester that he has been at WSU.

Griffin Mertz, a junior management information systems major who was one of the men's tennis team's 4.0 students, said staying on top of things and doing extra work early in the semester played a role in his perfect GPA.

Mertz said reaching a 4.0 was a testament to the effort he puts into his studies and athletics.

"Being able to get a 4.0 showed how hard I was able to work on and off the court," he said. "You want your teammates to have something to look up to. My family is proud, my teammates are proud and I'm sure Coach Morrow is proud."

Morrow added that the team has bought into what the athletic department stands for and he couldn't be prouder of what the team accomplished last year.

"I just have great guys that work together and help each other and use that as a priority," said Morrow. "They really focus on trying to have the best grade point average they possibly can and to graduate."

Matt Williams is sports editor of The South End. He can be reached at

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