Aug. 8, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University women's tennis team has been honored as a 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team, the ITA announced recently. It is the 15th consecutive year that the CCU women's tennis squad has received this honor dating back to 1999.
Additionally, Kourtney Kowal, Dominique De Wit, Vanessa Ortiz, Mikaela Davies and Alicia Robinson earned ITA Scholar Athlete accolades as the Chanticleers continued their outstanding academic track record. De Wit was also honored on the Big South All-Academic team, while Robinson earned conference Freshman of the Week honors for the week ending March 19.
"As a program we strive to excel on the court of play and in the classroom," said head coach Catherine Hewitt. "To have our program honored as an ITA All-Academic team for the 15th consecutive season speaks volumes about not only the current team, but the work of those who have also represented Coastal Carolina women's tennis in the past. Our goal as a program is to develop well-rounded student-athletes who are prepared to make positive influences on their communities upon graduation."
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). In order for a student-athlete to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, the player must; be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the academic year and be enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
Coastal is one of five Big South schools to earn ITA All-Academic Team recognition, joining Liberty, Longwood, UNC Asheville and Winthrop.