TEMPE, Ariz. – Seven University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis student-athletes have been named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes for the 2016-17 academic year.
Receiving national recognition for their performance in the classroom were juniors Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.), Nicole Nault (Wareham, Mass.), Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.), captain Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.) and sophomore Amelia Ralowicz (Lowell, Mass.), plus freshmen Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Melanie Wong (Somerset, Mass.).
“I'm proud of the dedication our women’s tennis student-athletes have put into their academic endeavors,” said Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis. “Coach Doug Chapman emphasizes academic excellence, but it's the students that decide to commit to the work. I applaud their efforts and achievement.”
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, a student-athlete must have been a varsity letter winner, post a GPA of at least a 3.50 on a 4.00 scale for the current academic year, and have been enrolled in their current institution for at least two semesters.
McCaffrey, Reichert and Rollings were also named to the 2016 Little East Conference Fall All-Academic team. In addition, Reichert was named to the All-LEC First Team in Doubles with partner Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.), while McCaffrey and Fastino were selected to the All-LEC Second Team in Singles. Nault was selected an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the third consecutive year.
The Corsairs completed the 2016 season with a 10-5 record, including a 6-2 mark within conference play. UMass Dartmouth reached the Little East Conference tournament semifinals before falling to No. 2 seed Rhode Island College.
UMass Dartmouth will open its 2017 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 7, when the Corsairs travel to Mount Ida at 3:30 p.m.