July 14, 2014

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ITA All-Academic Honors

– The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced that the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s tennis team has named a 2014 All-Academic Team. Along with team honors, five individuals were bestowed the honor of ITA Scholar-Athlete status led by Ivon Simic, Katie McCall, Sarah Candeloro, Burcu Tari and Jessica Silva.

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. As a team, the Skyhawks tallied a 3.8 GPA.

“Being recognized as one of the top academic teams in the nation is something our players will be extremely proud of,” said head coach Dennis Taylor. “They put in many long hours and late nights studying and working on homework this past year. This award was certainly deserved.”

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet three pieces of criteria. Individuals must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

All members of the 2014 All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes receive a certificate to recognize the achievement.

"The ITA wishes to congratulate all schools named to the ITA All-Academic Team and the ITA Scholar-Athletes for achieving great success both on and off the court," said David Benjamin, Executive Director of the ITA.

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 in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance. The ITA annually recognizes over 3,000 student-athletes on an individual and team basis from over 500 different varsity tennis programs.

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