For the second year in a row, Hobart College tennis all-star Walker Anderson has been elected to Academic All-America® teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A second team at-large selection a year ago, he moved up to the first time this season.
A history and psychology double major, Anderson was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, this year. The Dean’s List student is also a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology; Chimera, Hobart’s junior class honor society; and Orange Key, Hobart’s sophomore class honor society. Anderson is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Liberty League All-Academic Team member.
On the tennis court, Anderson sports a 33-21 singles record (.611) and a 44-25 doubles mark (.638) since arriving on campus. He was 4-5 in singles and 9-6 in doubles this season. In 2018-19, Anderson and doubles partner Alan Dubrovsky posted a 2-10 record, a Hobart record for doubles wins in a season. They won the 2018 ITA Northeast Region Doubles Championship and finished eighth at the ITA Cup. Anderson was named a 2018-19 ITA All-American for doubles. For his dedication in the weight room, he was named a 2019-20 College All-American Strength & Conditioning Athlete of the Year.
Anderson was named All-Liberty League in both singles and doubles after each of his first two seasons as a Statesman. The conference did not select an all-star team this season due to the pandemic.
Anderson is the third Hobart tennis player to earn Academic All-America honors, the first to merit the distinction more than once and the first to be voted to the first team. Across all sports, Anderson is the fourth Statesman to earn more than one Academic All-America award. Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ student-athletes have earned 53 Academic All-America awards, including 28 in the past 10 years.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.30 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her current institution. Nominees are voted on by CoSIDA members in each of the nation’s eight districts, selecting 12 student-athletes to each district team. Academic All-District honorees advance to the national Academic All-America ballot.
CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America program in 1952, and since then has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors. CoSIDA sponsors Academic All-America programs for men’s and women’s soccer, football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, and men’s and women’s track and field/cross country as well as men’s and women’s at-large teams for other NCAA championship sports. The men’s at-large category draws honorees from fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Note: Despite the cancellation of spring competition during COVID-19, CoSIDA continued its sponsorship of the Academic All-America awards program. Student-athletes were selected based on career statistics.