Tennis Teams Honored for Academics
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 07/26/2012
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Both Charlotte tennis programs earned All-Academic team recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), with five players from each squad earning Scholar-Athlete distinction, the governing body of collegiate tennis announced.

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 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 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

Individually, Emmanuelle Briant, Lisa Grosselius, Dominica Nemec, Natsuko Takayanagi and Alexandra Zinn were honored as Scholar-Athletes.

On the men's side, the ITA noted awards to Alex Calott, Paul Cisti, Nate Shanok, Alex Weber and Jack Williams.

This season, the men placed a school-record four student-athletes on the All-Conference teams, eclipsing the 2007 season when three men were named all-league. They finished ranked tenth in the region and posted 15 wins in the second season under head coach Billy Boykin. The men was earned the top seed into the tournament, the third time in program history they were the favorite into the championships.

The women's program was honored by the NCAA for the fourth consecutive season for an outstanding academic progress rate, and the team landed three players on the All-Conference teams. Their 16 wins tied the most under head coach Michaela Gorman. They were seeded second in the A-10 Championships, tying for their highest seed heading into the conference tournament.

This year, the men's and women's teams put together their third-best combined win percentage total in program history, logging a .689 win percentage, with the fourth-most combined win total, with 31. The men put together a 15-8 season, including a 4-0 regular season mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The men captured the top seed in the A-10 Tournament, the second time in school history they entered as the top seed. Four of the team's eight season losses came against nationally-ranked opponents


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