SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has selected the Saint Leo University women's tennis program as an All-Academic team for its successful 2014 season. The Lions also boast six individual selections for their efforts both on the court and in the classroom.
The team concluded its most successful season to date, ending the year with a 22-6 overall record and a NCAA Division II Championship Semifinal appearance.
Senior Samantha White, junior Maria Benkirane were the lone pair of upperclassmen to earn the distinction while sophomores Pauline Helgesson and Coralie Pesenti were also honored for their achievements. Rounding out the selections were newcomers Anastasia Wagner and Katherine Zaatini as the freshman duo exceled in their first season with Saint Leo.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA 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, NJCAA, or 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 2013 and spring 2014).
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 through senior year).
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