Men’s and Women’s Tennis Awarded ITA Academic Honors
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s tennis teams have been honored as 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Teams. In addition, the women’s side had all eight of its members recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes, while the Chanticleer men had six players recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or above. All varsity letter winners are factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
The Chanticleer women’s tennis team held the highest combined GPA of all Coastal Carolina teams in 2015-16 with a 3.66 while finishing 18-7 (7-2) and placing third in the Big South. Seniors Libby Scott and Cari Berry; juniors Marie Babayan and Romane Delay; sophomores Sara Bondar, Brooke Campbell and Natalie Wall; and freshman Laura Mary were all named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
It is the 18th consecutive year that the women have received ITA All-Academic Team honors.
The Chanticleer men’s tennis team closed the 2015-16 academic year with a 3.38 team GPA - the highest among all Coastal Carolina men’s teams - while posting a 21-4 overall record, winning the Big South regular season and tournament championships, and appearing in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship for the second time in the last four years. Seniors Stefan Jakubov and Nic Planchard; juniors Jabor Al-Mutawa and Sebastian Schneider; sophomore Francesco Migliano; and freshman Luiz Faria were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The men have received ITA All-Academic Team honors in 11 of the past 12 seasons.
Earlier this year, each team was award the Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics’ Linda C. Vereen Academic Excellence Award for holding the highest team GPA among the school’s men’s and women’s sports programs.