TSU tennis players earn academic honors

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Tarleton State University's entire women's tennis team was recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team for the second year in a row.

Tarleton State University was well represented when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its 2020 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis ITA Scholar-Athletes and All-Academic teams this week. The entire women's tennis team was recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team for the second consecutive season and the sixth time since 2012.

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 are factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year.

Tarleton finished the year with a team GPA of 3.61 and had four student-athletes with at least a 3.50 GPA in both semesters.

"I'm very proud of the team," said head coach Elianne Miron. "We faced some unprecedented challenges this semester and they stepped up and finished strong. Academic success is a strong core value of our program and I am extremely happy for this group to be named an All-Academic team."

In addition to the team recognition, five of Tarleton's seven varsity letterwinners earned recognition as an ITA Scholar-Athlete — Alicia Barbaroux, Faustine Palatte, Nathalie Ulander, Celia Vaudiau and Gaayatri Shankar. It is the second straight season that Barbaroux, Palatte and Ulander have been named Scholar-Athletes. The five award winners are the most for Tarleton since 2013.

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 two semesters.

Including this year's awards, the Tarleton Women's Tennis program has had six teams named ITA All-Academic since 2012 and 31 ITA Scholar-Athletes since 2009.

Tarleton completed its final season in NCAA Division II last spring and has joined NCAA Division I as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).