The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2018 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes across NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA and junior colleges last week, with 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across five divisions of college tennis honored by the national organization.
Cumberland University men’s and women’s squads were recognized as All-Academic Teams and nine student-athletes were named ITA Scholar-Athletes, including Joana Bou, Ana María Collazos, Marianela Landi and Stefanie Navaratnam for the women along with Francisco Fernandez Meaca, Pau Grabuleda Cruañas, Thiago Lopes, Axel Lucich and Ramon Puertolas for the men.
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 letterwinners were factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including Fall 2017 and Spring 2018). Cumberland men’s tennis posted a 3.56 GPA in the last academic year and women’s tennis registered a 3.42.
A player must meet the following criteria to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status: 1.) be a varsity letterwinner, 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 two semesters (including freshmen through senior year).