TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its academic honors Tuesday, with the Georgia College Women's Tennis team and five individuals earning year-end awards.
The Bobcat Women's Tennis squad earned the ITA All-Academic Team honor with a 3.68 GPA, while ITA Scholar-Athlete awards went to graduated senior Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia), rising seniors Kristen Jones (Marietta, Georgia), Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia), and Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) as well as rising sophomore Camilla Negrini (Milan, Italy).
The Bobcats placed five honorees for the third-straight season. Polk and Kristen Jones both made their third appearances while Kelly, Niemi and Negrini all make their first.
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).
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 varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2016 and spring 2017).
The Bobcats get the season rolling with a fall tournament schedule coming shortly. GC Women's Tennis went 12-11 in 2017, advancing to the NCAA Southeast Regional for the 23rd straight season. The Bobcats will look to a three-member senior class for leadership, looking to replace the efforts left by two graduates in Polk and Hannah Serdinia.
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