The Oglethorpe men's and women's tennis teams earned a bevy of academic accolades from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Tuesday. The women's team earned an ITA All-Academic Team award and saw seven members named ITA Scholar-Athletes. Meanwhile, the men's team put two players on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list.
On the women's side, seniors Caroline Johnson and Halley Sickling; juniors Delaney Abood, Shannon Cruz and Charlotte Disley; sophomore Hannah Dattilo; and freshman Emma Carter all earned ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition. On the men's side, freshmen Walker Benson and Calvin Schneider did the same.
The honor served as the second ITA All-Academic Team honor for the women's side in the last three years. It also marked the third career ITA Scholar-Athlete awards for Abood and Disley, and the second for Johnson.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or above (on a 4.0 scale). All varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1) be a varsity letter winner and; 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for the current academic year.
"I'm very proud of the women's team for earning this academic accomplishment for the second time in three years, as well as of the seven individuals who earned ITA Scholar-Athlete designation," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell, "and I was very pleased that our two freshman men's players earned the ITA Scholar-Athlete accolade. It's to their credit for the hard work they put in in the classroom, as well as on the tennis court."