BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive season, the King University women's tennis team earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic recognition. Along with the team award, four student-athletes garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete status.
The Tornado registered a team grade-point average of 3.46, making ITA All-Academic honors for the second straight season under head coach Kethan Darbar.
As individuals, Kelsey Copeland and Eden Sherrod earned recognition for the second straight year. Copeland had a GPA of 3.67 while Sherrod posted a perfect 4.0 GPA. Mariana Hosomi and Karissa King both garnered Scholar-Athlete status after posted GPAs of 3.81 and 3.91, respectively.
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 2012 and spring 2013).
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 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).