|Women's Tennis Team Collects ITA Honors|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Following its most successful season ever, the UNCW women’s tennis team has been honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an ITA All-Academic Team, with seven players designated as ITA Scholar Athletes.
Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Player-of-the-Year Angie Sekely (Mississauga, Ontario) heads up the group of Seahawks honored. Olga Blank (Winnipeg, Canada), Kelly Cameron (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), Hollie Champion (Charlotte, N.C.), Hamilton Lovett (Raleigh, N.C.), Alyssa Ritchie (Franklin, Ohio) and Alix Theodossiou (Asheville, N.C.) round out the award winners.
The team owns an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.648.
“It's always very nice to see our team recognized for their academic achievements and hard work in the classroom,” said second-year Head Coach Evan Clark, 2014 CAA Coach-of-the-Year. “The combination of their high level of success in the classroom and on the tennis court is truly special. I appreciate all of their hard work and I’m extremely proud of this group."
UNCW was one of seven CAA teams recognized by the ITA, along with Charleston, Delaware, Elon, Hofstra, James Madison and William & Mary. Eleven state institutions made the list and 142 NCAA Division I teams were singled out overall.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of varsity collegiate tennis players. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions, has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence on the court and in the classroom.