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Junior Alen Salibasic
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Salibasic Wins Prestigious NCAA Elite 89 Award For Men's Tennis

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: May 20, 2014
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake junior Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship.

Salibasic, majoring in international business, currently maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA. He was presented with the award during the tournament banquet on Tuesday (May 20) in Athens, Ga.

Salibasic owns a 38-22 combined singles/double mark this season entering his NCAA Championship singles match versus 23rd-rated Austin Smith of Georgia on Wednesday (May 21) at 2:30 p.m. CT.

"I am very honored to receive this award," said Salibasic. "It feels great to be recognized for the hard work that I have put in this year, both on the court as well as in the classroom. I will take this as motivation to do even better next year."

"This is a great achievement for Alen, one that he worked extremely hard for," Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski commented. "This is an incredible honor that he can share with the entire Drake family. Through his time at Drake, Alen has been a leader on and off the court and the recognition he has received the past few weeks including; leading his team to conference championships, earning the MVC Elite 18 award, representing Drake in singles at the NCAA Championship and now receiving the NCAA's Elite 89 award for academic excellence, has been richly deserved. Alen truly represents everything great about being a student athlete. He finds success in everything he takes on."

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. The number of credits completed breaks all ties.

For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89.

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