CONWAY , S.C. Coastal Carolina University's men's and women's tennis teams earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team awards for the 2003-04, CCU head coach Jody Davis announced today. CCU was one of 35 men's teams to earn the honor, while the women were among the 83 designated by the ITA for the honor. This was the fifth consecutive award for the men's team, while the women's team earned it for a sixth consecutive year.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA 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 eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2003 and spring 2004).
Coastal also had four men and five women earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status for the 2003-04 season. On the men's side, Andrew Caress, Richard Redding, Ryan Vrba and William Dowis were given the honor. For the women, Big South Player of the Year Medina Bajrambasic, First Team All-Big South and Academic All-American Marie Matrka, Petra Jantti, Stephanie Koot, and Jessica Cleland earned recognition.
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).