|Women’s tennis collects ITA Academic Awards|
SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Charlotte women’s tennis program and five of its student-athletes from 2013-14 received recognition for their work in the classroom by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Thursday. The program as a whole was honored as one of the ITA All-Academic Team Award winners, earning the nod for the seventh time in school history (2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013).
Five student-athletes, including Briana Bodner, Lisa Grosselius, Dominica Nemec, Natsuko Takayanagi and Macy Vonderschmidt, were chosen as ITA Scholar-Athletes for this past season. The quintet ties for the second most in a single season in program history with the 2012 recipients, trailing only the eight in 2013.
The ITA All-Academic Team Award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or above. 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.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letterwinner, have a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present institution for at least two semesters.
The 49ers women’s tennis program reached new heights on the academic stage during the Spring 2014 term, setting a school record for a single semester with a cumulative 3.68 grade-point average. Five of the eight members of the squad garnered a perfect 4.0 GPA during the term, which coincided with their primary playing season.
The program also earned its sixth-straight Public Recognition Award by the NCAA for the annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) in 2014, extending the longest current consecutive streak by any Charlotte athletic team.
Since head coach Michaela Gorman took over the program in 2003-04, she has mentored 40 ITA Scholar Athletes. Only five were named to the prestigious list prior to her arrival.
She also has coached seven conference all-academic team honorees, including Grosselius in each of the last two years by the Atlantic 10 (2013) and Conference USA (2014).