PROVO -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association named BYU's Gert Vilms as a National Scholar-Athlete for the 2001-02 season.
Vilms, a native of Estonia, received the honor for his exceptional play on the court and hard work in the classroom. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status at the NCAA level, a player must be a junior or senior in school, be a varsity letterwinner and have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale).
Vilms, a finance major with a 3.64 GPA, finished his last season with the men's tennis team with a 21-10 record in singles. He teamed up with teammate Carlos Lozano in doubles, finishing the season with a 24-8 record. Vilms and Lozano competed in the NCAA championships in doubles and finished the season ranked 14th nationally. Both were awarded All-American honors for their outstanding play.
Vilms was only one of six tennis players in the nation to receive both All-America and ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.