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Tennis: Ragin’™ Cajuns Tennis Programs Earn ITA All-Academic Honors



SKILLMAN, N.J. – Both the Ragin’ Cajuns men’s and women’s tennis programs were honored as 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Teams, which was announced by the organization this week.




The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).




In addition to the teams being recognized, several individuals were named ITA Scholar-Athletes including Carl Alberton, William Huyton, Yates Johnson and Jake Wynan on the men’s side and Melissa Burckhartt, Juliette Clement, Julie Cremers, Alexandra Way and Sandra Ahlqvist on the women’s side.




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 thorough senior year).




Both the men’s and women’s squads were honored by the Sun Belt for having the top team GPA among their peers in the conference. The women’s tennis team posted the highest team GPA among the Louisiana athletic programs this spring with a 3.49 cumulative GPA, while the men’s squad excelled both in the classroom and on the court picking up its 10th Sun Belt Conference championship.




"This is the third year in a row that the men’s squad has accomplished the ITA Team All-Academic award,” head coach Mark Jeffrey said.  “Not only are our student-athletes performing on the field, but in the classroom as well. This was a special group of young men last year.  Not only did they win the Sun Belt Conference, and win the Award for highest men’s tennis GPA in the Sun Belt, they also achieved the most wins since 1988.  On top of that as a team they achieved a team GPA well above the 3.2 mark.  It speaks to the character of these men, and as a head coach could not be more proud of them.”




“I’m very proud of the way the girls came to work both on the courts and in the classroom,” head coach Greg Harkins said. “To post the highest team GPA during the spring semester is quite an achievement. It’s an even bigger feat when you consider the fact that we had a young team this year. That just speaks to the character of our girls and how much being a student-athlete means to them.”




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Jeff Schneider
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