Pacific University tennis makes the grade
The Pacific University women's tennis team claimed a 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team award and four individuals earned scholar-athlete awards, the ITA recently announced.
The team posted a 3.239 grade-point average for the 2018-19 academic year. Chantelle Baclay, Adrienne Powell, Taylor Smallwood and Johanna Wilson each earned recognition as scholar-athletes.
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees men's and women's varsity tennis for NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men's and women's varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court.
In addition to the women, the Pacific University men's tennis team also claimed a 2019 ITA All-Academic Team award and eight individuals earned scholar-athlete awards.
The men posted a 3.455 grade-point average for the 2018-19 academic year. Griffin Fraser, Quentin Gonzalez, Joey Hu, Garret Katayama, Reyn Miyagawa, Rayden Murata, Koby Murata and Reece Parr each earned recognition as scholar-athletes.
The eight honorees from Pacific are the most among Northwest Conference men's tennis programs.
This year, the ITA saw an increase in qualifying teams and scholar-athletes. All-Academic honors were awarded to a total of 940 teams and thousands of scholar-athletes.
All-Academic teams boast a team GPA of 3.20 or higher. ITA scholar-athletes must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letter winner; must have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year; and must have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters, including freshman through senior year.
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