The University of Charleston women’s tennis team earned the distinction of being an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team, which was announced this week.
The Golden Eagles, under head coach Sherri Reed captured the 2010-11 WVIAC Tournament Championship before advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight year.
In addition to earning team honors UC was represented by four individuals earning ITA Scholar-Athlete honors for their standout work in the classroom. Davina Holtfretter, Mallika Mali, Christina Samoilov and Laura Smith all garnered individual recognition for the Golden Eagles.
Davis & Elkins was represented by Samantha Howell and Markita Prieto while West Virginia State’s Ana Juarez and Andrea Slusarciuc were on the team.
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 eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year.
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.