Linus Erhart became the first Nebraska men's tennis player since 1989 to earn first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
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Erhart Named Academic All-American

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska's Linus Erhart captured first-team Google Cloud Academic All-America honors as named by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday, June 14.

Erhart, who competed as a graduate student for the Huskers in 2017-18, became just the second men's tennis player in Husker history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, joining Steven Jung in 1989. Jung was a first-team All-American both on and off the court as the NCAA singles runner-up in 1989.

Erhart, who has one year of eligibility remaining while pursuing his master's degree in business administration from Nebraska, was one of 17 NCAA Division I male student-athletes around the nation to earn first-team academic accolades in the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large contest, which includes many different sports. He was one of only three Division I men's tennis players to earn first-team honors.

The 23-year-old from Lustenau, Austria, produced an 18-7 singles record while playing out of the No. 2 and No. 3 positions for the Huskers in the spring of 2018. He also went a team-best 5-6 against Big Ten Conference competition. In doubles action, he competed alongside fellow 2018 senior-to-be Toby Boyer to produce a 12-9 record in spring doubles play, including a 3-4 Big Ten mark at the No. 1 position.

Erhart, who competed as a true freshman for the Huskers in 2014-15, won 19 singles matches and added 14 doubles victories in his first season. He then returned to his home country of Austria for the next two years, completing his bachelor's degree in international business management at FH Vorarlberg University of Applied Science, before returning to Nebraska prior to the 2017-18 season.

As a three-year undergraduate, Erhart compiled a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average, before posting a 3.91 GPA to begin his MBA work at Nebraska in 2017-18.

Erhart joined women's gymnast Danielle Breen in earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for the Huskers in the men's and women's at-large categories announced on June 14, giving Nebraska three CoSIDA Academic All-America honors so far in 2017-18 and pushing the Huskers' nation-leading total to 332 across all teams and all sports all time.

The final CoSIDA Academic All-America teams of the year are scheduled to be announced Thursday, June 21, with the unveiling of the NCAA Division I men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. Nebraska's Angela Mercurio advanced to the national ballot by earning first-team CoSIDA All-District VII honors in women's track and field.

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