The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis team earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-Academic Team Award, the organization recently announced. This is the third year in a row the Mocs women’s tennis team has earned this prestigious honor.
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/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 2012 and spring 2013). The Mocs had a 3.29 team GPA for the 2012-13 academic year.
"Our student-athletes showed this past year that they can excel both on the court and in the classroom,” stated head coach Jeff Clark. We have high expectations for academic and athletic success every year."
UTC finished its 2013 campaign with an 18-5 overall record, the most wins for the program since going 23-1 in 1991. Individually, senior Jenna Nurik, junior Alex Flynn, sophomore Kaylene Chadwell and freshman Alison Storie were all named ITA Scholar Athletes.
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
3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2.
It was the fourth honor for Nurik, the third for Flynn and the first for Chadwell and Storie. Nurik graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology in May. Chadwell and Storie both had perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring.