CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s and women’s tennis teams took home All-Academic team honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). In addition, 12 student-athletes from the two teams, all eight from the women’s team and four from the men’s, were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The women’s team earns the All-Academic team honor for the fifth straight season, all under head coach Catherine Dunagan. The men’s team makes the list for the seventh straight year and the third time under head coach Patrick Fediuk.
The women’s team set a program record with eight student-athletes named Scholar-Athletes. The women’s team has now had at least one player be named Scholar-Athlete for ten straight seasons, while the men’s squad placed at least four players on the list for the seventh straight season.
On the women’s squad, honors went to Caroline Ferrari, Demi Henschel, Tracy Johnson, Brittany Nuttall, Beth Taylor, Katie Thompson, Samantha Calais and Ella Rowley. Ferrari, Henschel, Johnson and Nuttall were each honored for the third straight season and the third in their respective careers. Taylor and Thompson have now each earned the honor twice.
Will Baird, Alejandro Bejar, Alexander Lykou and Elias Svensson make up the men’s group. Baird earned his fourth honor, just the fourth player in PC’s Division I era to receive the honor four times. Bejar, Lykou and Svensson were each recognized for the second time in their respective careers.
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 varsity letterwinners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2015 and spring 2016).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letterwinner, 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 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).