by Andrew Gahwiler, sports information student assistant
SKILLMAN, NJ. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its All-Academic Teams and Scholar Athletes for the 2013 season, which featured four of the Georgia College women's tennis players, Michelle Lingner, May Johnson, Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) and Sarah Murray (Alpharetta, Ga.).
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any qualifying ITA program who's cumulative team grade point average (GPA) was at least 3.20 or above out of a 4.0 scale. To be recognized as an ITA Scholar-Athlete, the player must be awarded a varsity letter, have a GPA of 3.50 or higher and be enrolled in the current institution for two semesters.
The women's tennis team finished 16-12 for the 2013 season with a 7-6 record inside the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). The record was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the 19th consecutive year.
One of the two graduated seniors on the list was Lingner, who carried a 9-9 record for the Bobcats and finished strong for the team with a 4-3 mark over her last 10 matches. Johnson was the second graduated senior ITA Scholar-Athlete award winner, sporting an impressive 18-7 record for Georgia College. Johnson also had the second-best winning streak on for the Bobcats with six.
Marevic was the lone junior for the GC women's tennis team in 2013 also receiving an ITA Scholar-Athlete award. Marevic had an impressive victory over Wingate's No. 1 player Ali Evers, winning in straight sets 7-6, 6-2.
Murray was a freshman for Georgia College in 2013 receiving recognition for her work in the classroom. Murray played in the No. 6 slot for the Bobcats for 2013 and started 20 matches as a freshman.
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