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Murad earns National All-American honors for tennis, academics

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College graduate Vlad Murad (Bacau, Romania), who recently earned National Academic All-American honors, was officially named an All-American for his tennis accomplishments.

Murad joins doubles partner and fellow 2017 graduate Carl Reid as the only two men's tennis players to earn All-American status.

Murad became just the ninth Colby student-athlete to earn the prestigious College Sports Information Director's Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honor. He was selected to the men's at-large second team. Nine Colby student-athletes have earned 13 honors.

Murad has enjoyed a memorable few weeks. He made the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in singles play. At the banquet before NCAA play began, Murad became the first Colby student-athlete to earn the Elite 90 Award from the NCAA for academic achievement. He also earned the National Most Improved Senior Award, given out by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

In the final rankings by the ITA, Murad ended the season 20th in the country in singles. One of the criteria for making the All-American team is being ranked in the top 20 at the end of the season. Murad was eighth in the tough Northeast Region. 

Murad, who graduated in May with a double major in computer science and math, had the highest grade-point average of any Colby senior athlete. He earned the Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA of any men's tennis player at the NCAA tourney. Murad was only the 15th NESCAC athlete to earn the award since 2009-10.

Murad finished his career with a 94-45 record (44-22 singles, 50-23 doubles). He was 17-5 this past year in singles and 17-6 in doubles.

Colby's National Academic All-Americans

1980 - Mark Lane, men's basketball, second team

1982 - Kaye Cross, women's basketball, honorable mention

1983 - Kaye Cross, women's basketball, third team

1985 - Therese Langlois, women's basketball, third team

2003 - Eleanor Boyce, women's at-large (crew), first team

2003 - Nick Bayley, men's at-large (hockey), first team

2004 - Nick Bayley, men's at-large (hockey), first team

2005 - Nick Bayley, men's at-large (hockey), first team

2006 - Jason Foster, men's track/cross country, third team

2013 - Brian Desmond, men's track/cross country, third team

2014 - Brett Sahlberg, men's track/cross country, third team

2015 - Brett Sahlberg, men's track/cross country, first team

2017 - Vlad Murad, men's at-large (tennis), second team


2016-2017 CoSIDA National Academic All-American Team

Division III Men's At-Large Team


Brady Anderson, Coe, junior, tennis, economics

Chris Bradley, Caltech, senior, water polo, mechanical engineering

Arthur Conover, Kenyon, senior, swimming, physics

Daniel Del Gallo, Southern Maine, senior, wrestling, philosophy/sociology

Mack Farley, Saint John's (Minn.), senior, golf, accounting/economics

Andrew Greenhalgh, Johns Hopkins, senior, swimming, molecular & cell biology

Stephen Jarrell, Johnson & Wales, graduate, wrestling, MBA

Michael Lagieski, Washington (Mo.), senior, swimming, mechanical engineering

Riley Lefever, Wabash, senior, wrestling, English

Jack Lindell, Denison, senior, swimming, biology

Trevor Manz, Kenyon, senior, swimming, biochemistry

Braeden Ostepchuk, Norwich, junior, hockey, mechanical engineering

Brett Stoughton, Calvin, senior, swimming, business/finance

Nicholas Willison, Washington & Jefferson, senior, swim/water polo, chemistry

Andrew Wilson, Emory, senior, swimming, physics/applied mathematics


Hayes Burdette-Sapp, Emory, senior, swimming, physics/business

Luke Farley, Washington & Lee, junior, golf, mathematics

Nate Flynn, Augsburg, junior, hockey, accounting/finance

Corbin Gett, Benedictine (Ill.), junior, lacrosse, computer science

Andrew Henning, Case Western Reserve, senior, swimming, accounting

Kyle Jasuta, Springfield, sophomore, volleyball, finance/accounting

Aman Manji, Emory, senior, tennis, biology

Jory Mullin, Neumann, senior, hockey, accounting

Vlad Murad, Colby, senior, tennis, computer science/math

Tim Petri, WPI, senior, swimming, computer science

Adam Presler, Concordia-Moorhead, junior, wrestling, math education

George Qian, Carnegie Mellon, senior, golf, business

Harris Stolzenberg, MIT, senior, lacrosse, finance

Daniel Tripicchio, Saint John's (Minn.), senior, hockey, accounting

Jason Wesseling, Denison, junior, swimming, English/political science


Jad Abdul-Aal, John Carroll, senior, tennis, finance/economics

Jack Bauer, WPI, sophomore, swimming, chemistry/chemical engineering

Evan Buitenhuis, Hamilton, junior, hockey, environmental studies

Brandon Conrad, Lycoming, junior, wrestling, chemistry

Lance Evans, Wartburg, junior, wrestling, biology

Michael Hoy, Adrian, senior, hockey, biology/Spanish

Tim Keith, Catholic, senior, lacrosse, biomedical engineering

Matthew Knigge, Vassar, junior, volleyball, international studies

Justin Kreiter, Luther, senior, volleyball, physical education

David Liu, Chicago, junior, tennis, economics

John Messinger, NYU, senior, wrestling, neural science

Tyler Olney, Tufts, senior, lacrosse, mechanical engineering

Ben Swarr, Messiah, junior, wrestling, Christian ministries

Tommy Thetford, Washington & Lee, junior, swimming, math

Joshua Tomazin, MIT, junior, swimming, computer science/engineering