Sailfish Women's Tennis Honored as ITA All-Academic Team
August 11, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
SKILLMAN, N.J.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team was recently honored in a listing of NCAA Division II institutions who were named by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as part of the All-Academic teams for their excellence in the classroom. In addition, five student-athletes were named as ITA Scholar-Athletes as the Sailfish women’s tennis program continues to find success on and off the court.
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 eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/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 2009 and spring 2010).
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).
The five Sailfish players honored with the ITA Scholar-Athlete status for the 2010 season were senior Natalie Aleman, junior Lina Rubiano, sophomore Amber Braaten, and freshmen Natalia Trotter and Jordan Ittersagen.
This group was an integral part of the team’s success on and off the court during the 2010 season as the Sailfish made their first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament where they defeated Delta State University in the first-round for another major program milestone.