The Oglethorpe women's tennis team earned recognition as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team this week, while four members of the squad took ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades. Junior Caroline Johnson joined sophomores Delaney Abood, Charlotte Disley and Jacquelyn Hinton to earn the prestigious honor. This marks the second consecutive year in which the team has received the honor, as well as the second consecutive individual honors for Abood, Disley and Hinton.
"This is a fantastic honor for this team, as well as these four young women," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "This is another feather in the cap of this team after they took a big step forward on the court this year. I'm very proud of the team as a whole, as well as of these four players individually. I look forward to seeing this team continue to step forward in the years to come, both on and off the court."
The women's tennis squad finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 13-6 overall record and a 5-2 SAA mark. That gave them third place in the league, marking the team's best conference finish of their Division III era. The squad also finished the season ranked 14th in the Atlantic South region, meaning they wound up the season in the regional rankings for the second consecutive season. In addition, the doubles tandem of Johnson and freshman Hannah Dattilo finished 15th in the region as a pair.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any member program that has a cumulative team GPA of 3.2 or above. All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must be a varsity letter winner for their team, have a GPA of at least 3.5 for the academic year in question, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.