Saint Leo places 11 on ITA Scholar-Athlete team

Saint Leo places 11 on ITA Scholar-Athlete team

SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Saint Leo men's and women's tennis programs garnered ITA All-Academic Team honors in addition to 11 student-athletes selected to the Scholar-Athlete squad, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

"I am extremely humbled by our men and women's academic achievements this year," said head coach Chris Frusci. "We continue to emphasize the importance of being students first and that was certainly displayed here. Our athletes do a great job of managing their studies with tennis and personal lives."

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any member 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 or Junior/Community College eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2014 and spring 2015).

The women's squad posted a team grade point average of 3.65 in order to earn ITA All-Academic Team honors and led the Sunshine State Conference with eight total individual award recipients.  The Green and Gold were tied for the lead in all of Division II with Midwestern State and West Florida, as each institution garnered eight scholar athlete selections.

All-SSC selections Isabella Robbiani and Maria Benkirane were named ITA Scholar-Athletes while the latter also earned Capital One Academic All-District honors for her achievements. Fellow Lions Anastasia Wagner, Coralie Pesenti, Gabrielle Paul, Katherine Zaatini, Paula Montoya and Pauline Helgesson were also named to the squad for their efforts in the classroom.

On the men's side, three individuals were honored as Scholar-Athletes as Fons Verberne, Sam El Nehmani and All-SSC and Capital One Academic All-American Guillaume Vanelven earned the award.  The team posted a 3.28 cumulative GPA anchored by the trio of Scholar-Athletes.

 "I feel this is something that athletes in general should be recognized more for doing. We are just fortunate to have great young men and women who have the self-determination to succeed even without having to be pushed," said Frusci. "Again, I am extremely proud of each and every one of them who contributed to this award as it an honor to accept it on behalf of the Saint Leo Community."

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