June 3, 2014

W&L's Holt Earns Capital One Academic All-America Honors

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. -- The College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) announced its 2014 Capital One Division III Academic All-America At-Large teams on Tuesday and Washington and Lee sophomore Michael Holt (Henrico, Va./Mills Godwin) was among those honored.

Holt was named to the men's third team after a stellar year with the W&L men's tennis team.  The mathematics major was named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's tennis this spring after recording an 18-6 record at No. 2 singles and a 26-5 mark at No. 1 doubles.  He earned First Team All-ODAC accolades in both singles and doubles for the second straight year, and teamed with junior Taylor Shamshiri (Austin, Texas / ATA College Prep) to form one of the nation's top doubles tandems.

Shamshiri and Holt participated in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship for the second straight year, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to a team from Washington (Mo.).  In the process, they earned First Team All-America honors for the second consecutive season.

After just two years of competition, Holt has notched a 33-14 singles record and a 53-11 doubles record.  His 50-11 record while playing with Shamshiri already ranks third all-time for career wins by a doubles team in school history, just 10 wins from taking over the top spot.

Holt's selection to the Capital One Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 64 student-athletes honored since 1970.  The criteria for the Academic All-American program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve, and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.  The at-large team consists of male athletes from 12 different sports.

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