SKILLMAN, N.J. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team received the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team award. In addition, six Corsairs were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
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 greater (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). The Corsairs complied a team GPA of 3.38.
"This is a fantastic recognition from the ITA for our players, our program and the university," Corsairs head women's tennis coach Doug Chapman said. "It showed that our student-athletes not only excelled on the courts, but also in the classrooms. We are very proud of their outstanding efforts academically, as well as athletically."
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 two semesters.
The six Corsairs named ITA Scholar-Athletes included senior Lindsay Butler (Newport, R.I.), freshman Katelyn Capone (Abington, Mass.), senior Elizabeth Cignoli (Springfield, Mass.), senior Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, Mass.), senior Alexandra Post (Plymouth, Mass.) and junior Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, Mass.). Two other Corsairs scored better than the team GPA of 3.38, but fell just shy of the 3.5 standard for the Scholar-Athlete recognition.
Pelletier, Schulze, Capone, Post and senior Casey Auman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) were previously named to the Little East Conference Fall All-Academic Team. Pelletier, Schulze (doubles) and Capone (singles) were also named to the All-Little East, first-team.
"To have seven student-athletes received all-academic honors during the same season is quite an accomplishment," said Coach Chapman. "We had a very smart team."
UMass Dartmouth completed its season with a 10-4 overall record, reached the LEC semifinals and placed second to Division 1 Holy Cross at the 29th annual Grass Court Doubles Tournament at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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.
To view all members of the 2014 ITA All-Academic Team as well as past teams, please visit the ITA website here.