Eight student-athletes were named a 2012 ITA Scholar-Athlete while the men's and women's tennis teams were both honored with All-Academic Team awards.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released the 2012 All-Academic Team and Scholar-Athlete lists on Monday. The Tornado men's and women's teams were both highlighted for achieving high marks in the classroom and specifically recognized eight student-athletes between both teams.
Men's Tennis placed its entire starting five on the ITA Division II Scholar-Athlete list making them one of 12 teams to do so on the men's side. Jose Avila, Leo Brigato, Pablo Vidal, Patrick Jones, and Seth Hale all were named to the 2012 Scholar-Athlete Team and were one of three Conference Carolinas schools to have an individual recognized by the Association. The men's team was one of 24 teams to be named an All-Academic Team and only one of two Conference Carolinas schools to be named to the list.
The women's team featured three student-athletes to be named a Scholar-Athlete for 2012. Eden Sherrod, Kelsey Copeland, and Sarah Anderson met or surpassed the requirements for the honor and helped the Lady Tornado earn All-Academic Team standing. They were one of 69 women's teams to be recognized for the honor and one of only four Conference Carolinas members to be presented the honor.
The Tornado men's team finished the 2011-12 season with a 13-5 regular season record before falling in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. They began the season on a 10-match winning streak, led by All-Conference selections Jose Avila and Pablo Vidal. The Lady Tornado finished 3-16 overall and finished the season with a 5-4 victory over the University of Pikeville.
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/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2011 and spring 2012).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which is comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA web site iswww.itatennis.com.